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December 07, 2010

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Jeff

Hi Cynthia.

You're right about Tatsch, of course. It's interesting how many people were trying to develop the definitive Masonic library classification system during the early 20th century - and how all of them relied heavily on Dewey's approach, albeit in different ways.

- Jeff

Cynthia Alcorn, Librarian, Grand Lodge of Massachusetts

And let us not forget that J. Hugo Tatsch developed his own "Tatsch" Masonic Cataloging system in the late 1920's and early 1930's, first while he was Curator of the Iowa Masonic Library at Cedar Rapids and later, as Librarian and Director of Education of the Library of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The Tatsch system has ten major classes as well and is still in use today at the Libraries of the Grand Lodge of Iowa and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

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