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At a Glance
Correspondence, published and unpublished writings, printed pamphlets, and miscellaneous documents dating largely from approximately the 1920s until Dewey's death in 1977. These concern the Phonemic Spelling Council, and Dewey's other work in spelling reform; teaching; Emerson College; Dewey decimal classification; the Lake Placid Club and the Olympic Winter Games, ca. 1930s-1970s; and childhood, education, and family matters. His wills, 1944-1974, and obituaries are included. Also, memorabilia including books from his library and a phonetic typewriter.
Using the Collection
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Restrictions on Access
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This collection has no restrictions.
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Related Archival Materials
Related material is in the Melvil Dewey Papers.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of the New York State Library, 1967 & 1971.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--New York State Library. Date of acquisition--1967. Accession number--M-67.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/1989.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Educator, spelling reformer. Dewey was founder and first president of the Phonetic Spelling Council; and was involved with Emerson College from 1940-1968, and president of Emerson College, 1949-1951. He was the son of Melvil Dewey, the founder of the Dewey decimal system.