1998 Bookhouse Classifications
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The BOOKHOUSE CLASSIFICATIONS are a new cosmic baseball team. They were created on February 15, 1998. The team players are related to the Library of Congress book classification system.

The Library of Congress (LC) classification system divides knowledge into 21 categories each represented by a letter. Call numbers utilize letters and ordinal numbers. Today most academic and research libraries use the LC classification system and public and smaller libraries make use of Dewey's decimal system.

The Library of Congress (LC) classification scheme was developed at the end of the 19th Century. It is an organic, constantly updated system that borrowed to some extent from the model designed by Charles Cutter. Cutter's approach, called the "Cutter Expansive Classification System" was never as popular as Melvil Dewey's decimal-based approach. However, librarians at the Library of Congress did not believe that Dewey's system would be flexible enough for the high volume and diversity of material the Library had to catalog. By 1909 the Library had issued its first "schedules" which detail the scope, content and call numbering of the classification system. Continuous revisions and updates to the schedules are issued by the Library.

The United States' Library of Congress was created by a formal act of Congress on April 24, 1800 when $5000 was appropriated for the purchase of books. After the British burned the Capitol and the Library on August 24, 1814, Congress appropriated $23,700 to purchase Thomas Jefferson's 6500+ personal library. On December 24, 1851 another fire destroyed more than half of the collection and Congress subsequently appropriated $100,000 to rebuild and restore the collection. The Library did not get its own building until 1897 when the first of evenutally three library buildings was constructed. The Renaissance-style structure now known as the Jefferson Building was opened to the public on November 1, 1897. The second library building, the Adams building, originally known as the Annex but renamed to honor the president who signed the original bill creating the institution, was opened on January 3, 1939. The James Madison Memorial Building opened on November 20, 1981. It serves as both a library building and as a memorial to the nation's fourth president.

The Library of Congress' main address is 101 Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20540. For more information about the Library take a look at the Library of Congress Home Page.

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

--James Madison.
From the inscription on the left side of the main entrance
to the James Madison Memorial Building, Washington, D.C.


A- General Works

  • AC-Collections, series
  • AE-Encyclopedias
  • AG-Dictionaries
  • AI-Indexes
  • AM-Museums
  • AN-Newspapers
  • AP-Periodicals
  • AS-Academies, learned societies
  • AY-Yearbooks, almanacs, directories
  • AZ-History of scholarship and learning


B- Philosophy

  • BC-Logic
  • BD-Speculative philosophy
  • BF-Psychology
  • BH-Aesthetics
  • BJ-Ethics
  • BL-Religion
  • BM-Judaism
  • BP-Islam, Bahaism, theosophy
  • BQ-Buddhism
  • BR-Christianity
  • BS-The Bible
  • BT-Doctrinal Theology
  • BV-Practical Thrology
  • BX-Christian Denominations


C- Auxiliary Sciences of History

  • CB-History of Civilization
  • CC-Archaeology
  • CD-Diplomatics, archives, seals
  • CE-Technical chronology, calendar
  • CJ-Numismatics
  • CN-Inscriptions, epigraphy
  • CR-Heraldry
  • CS-Geneaology
  • CT-Biography


D- History (General)

  • DA-Great Britain
  • DB-Austria
  • DC-France
  • DD-Germany
  • DE-Mediterranean, Greek-Roman world
  • DF-Greece
  • DG-Italy
  • DH-Netherlands (Low Countries)
  • DJ-Netherlands (Holland)
  • DK-Russis, USSR
  • DL-Northern Europe, Scandanavia
  • DP-Spain
  • DR-Balkan Peninsula
  • DS-Asia
  • DT-Africa
  • DU-Oceania
  • DX-Gypsies


E- America


F- United States- History


G- Geography, Atlases, Maps

  • GA-Mathematical geometry
  • GB-Physical geometry
  • GC-Oceanography
  • GE-Environmental sciences
  • GF-Human ecology
  • GN-Anthropology
  • GR-Folklore
  • GT-Manners, customs
  • GV-Recreation, leisure


H- Social Sciences

  • HA-Statistics
  • HB-Economic theory
  • HC-Economic history
  • HE-Transportation, communications
  • HF-Commerce
  • HG-Finance
  • HJ-Public finance
  • HM-Sociology
  • HN-Social history
  • HQ-Family, marriage, women
  • HS-Societies
  • HT-Communities, classes, races
  • HV-Social pathology
  • HX-Socialism, communism, anarchism


J- Political Science

  • JA-Political science
  • JC-Political theory
  • JF-Political institutions: General
  • JK-Political institutions: United States
  • JL-Political institutions: Canada
  • JN-Political institutions: Europe
  • JQ-Political institutions: Asia
  • JS-Local government
  • JV-Colonies, colonization
  • JX-International law
  • JZ-International relations


K- Law


L- Education

  • LA-History of education
  • LB-Theory and practice of education
  • LC-Special aspects of education
  • LD-Individual institutions: United States
  • LE-Individual institutions: America (except U.S.)
  • LF-Individual institutions: Europe
  • LG-Individual institutions: Asia
  • LH-College and school magazines, papers
  • LJ-Student fraternities and societies: United States
  • LT-Textbooks


M- Music

  • ML-Literature of music
  • MT-Music instruction


N- Fine Arts

  • NA-Architecture
  • NB-Sculpture
  • NC-Drawing, design, illustration
  • ND-Painting
  • NE-Print media
  • NK-Decorative arts
  • NX-Arts in general


P- Language and Literature

  • PA-Classical philology
  • PB-Modern European languages
  • PC-Romance languages
  • PD-Germanic languages
  • PE-English
  • PF-West Germanic languages
  • PG-Slavic languages
  • PH-Finno-Ugrian languages
  • PJ-Oriental, semitic languages
  • PK-Indo-Iranian languages
  • PL-East Asia, Africa, Oceania languages
  • PM-Hyperborean, Indian, Artificial languages
  • PN-Literature (General)
  • PQ-Romance literature
  • PR-English literature
  • PS-American literature
  • PT-Germanic literature
  • PZ-Juvenile belles lettres


Q- Science

  • QA-Mathematics
  • QB-Astronomy
  • QC-Physics
  • QD-Chemistry
  • QE-Geology
  • QH-Natural History/Biology
  • QK-Botany
  • QL-Zoology
  • QM-Human anatomy
  • QP-Physiology
  • QR-Microbiology


R- Medicine

  • RA-Public aspects of medicine
  • RB-Pathology
  • RC-Internal medicine
  • RD-Surgery
  • RE-Opthalmology
  • RF-Otorhinolaryology
  • RG-Gynecology, obstetrics
  • RJ-Pediatrics
  • RK-Dentistry
  • RL-Dermatology
  • RM-Therapeutics
  • RS-Pharmacology, materia medica
  • RT-Nursing
  • RV-Botanic, Thomsonian, eclectic medicine
  • RX-Homeopathy
  • RZ-Other systems of medicine


S- Agriculture

  • SB-Plant culture
  • SD-Forestry
  • SF-Animal culture
  • SH-Aquaculture, fisheries, angling
  • SK-Hunting sports


T- Technology

  • TA-Engineering (General)
  • TC-Hydraulic engineering, ocean engineering
  • TD-Environmental technology
  • TE-Highway engineering
  • TF-Railroad engineering
  • TG-Bridge engineering
  • TH-Building construction
  • TJ-Mechanical engineering, macinery
  • TK-Electrical engineering, electronics
  • TL-Motor vehicles, aeronautics, astronautics
  • TN-Mining, mettalurgy
  • TP-Chemical technology
  • TR-Photography
  • TS-Manufacturing
  • TT-Handicrafts, arts and crafts
  • TX-Home economics


U- Military Science

  • UA-Armies
  • UB-Military administration
  • UC-Maintenance, transportation
  • UD-Infantry
  • UE-Cavalry, armor
  • UF-Artillery
  • UG-Military engineering
  • UH-Other services


V- Naval Science

  • VA-Navies
  • VB-Naval administration
  • VC-Nval maintenance
  • VD-Naval seamen
  • VE-Marines
  • VF-Naval ordnance
  • VG-Minor servies of navies
  • VK-Navigation, Merchant Marine
  • VM-Naval architecture, shipbuilding


Z- Library Science

  • ZA-Information resources

Field Manager

Melvil Louis Kossuth Dewey


In 1876 Dewey created a system of organizing books in a library. The Dewey Decimal Classification system is still commonly used in libraries. In 1877 Dewey also helped create the American Library Association and he was the New york State librarian from 1889-1906.


James H. Billington

13th Librarian of Congress (1987- )

Prior to running the Library of Congress, Billington was director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1973-1987). He is a graduate of Princeton (1950) and earned his doctorate in 1953 from Oxford. He was a professor of history at Princeton (1964-1974). Billington has writtern several books including Icon and the Axe (1966) and Russia Transformed- Breakthrough to Hope (1982).


Daniel J. Boorstin

12th Librarian of Congress (1975-1987)

Prior to running the Library of Congress, Boorstin was the director of the National Museum of American History and a senior historian at the Smithsonian Institution. For 25 years he was a professor of history at the University of Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and his 1973 book The Americans: The Democratic Experience won a Pulitzer Prize.


Archibald MacLeish

9th Librarian of Congress (1929-1944)

Prior to running the Library of Congress, MacLeish served in World War I as a captain in the artillery. He attended Yale, and received a law degree from Harvard. MacLeish gave up his work in law and moved his family to Paris so he could write poetry. His Collected Poems won a Pulitzer Prize in 1952.

General Manager

Mary Salome Cutler Fairchild

Born in Dalton, Massachusetts in 1855, Fairchild graduated Mount Holyoke Seminary in 1875. Shortly afterwards she met and began a long association with Melvil Dewey. She was the vice-director of the New York State Library School which Dewey had created.


Charles Cutter

Inspired by Melvil Dewey's classification system, Cutter created his own, the Cutter Expansive Classification system. The Library of Congress classification system is partly based on Cutter's system.

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Bookhouse Classifications- 1998 Official Team Roster
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Published: February 17, 1998
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