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Seymour Lubetzky papers, 1938-2003
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Seymour Lubetzky papers
    Collection number: 1544
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 11.2 linear ft. (8 record cartons and 8 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1938-2003
    Abstract: Seymour Lubetzky (1898-2003) was a professor in the UCLA School of Library Service (1960-69) and a descriptive cataloging theorist. The collection consists of subject and correspondence files, lecture notes, and audio tapes from the 1930s through the 2000s related to Lubetzky's work in cataloging and classification in the Library Information Science discipline.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Lubetzky, Seymour

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where UCLA Library Special Collections does not hold the copyright.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Reel-to reel audio materials are present and may need to be digitized prior to use or require special equipment for access.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Seymour Lubetzky Papers (Collection 1544). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Seymour Lubetzky in 1987. Addition was donated by Richard Lubetzky in 2003.

    Processing Information

    Finding aid edited by Josh Fiala in 2002. Addition processed by Mary Priest in 2015 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar. Processing of this collection was generously supported by the Constantine and Perina Panunzio Endowment for University Archives.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2221072 

    Biography

    Seymour Lubetzky was born in a small village, in what is now known as Belarus, on April 28th, 1898. It was there that he studied literature and languages and worked as a teacher before immigrating to the United States in 1925. Lubetzky studied languages at UCLA, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1931. In 1932, the University of California, Berkley awarded Lubetzky a master’s degree in German languages and library science. After graduation, Lubetzky worked as a cataloger at UCLA and began regularly publishing articles on cataloging principles. In 1943, Lubetzky was hired at the Library of Congress to help process a backlog of books needing to be cataloged. His questioning of the existing cataloging system led to his publication of several articles including Rules for Descriptive Cataloging and Cataloging Rules and Principles. Principles from these articles carried into standards for the field and are still used in libraries across the world today, including the Library of Congress. Lubetzky worked as a professor in the UCLA School of Library Science from 1960-1969, but continued to be active in the field long after his retirement. His works earned him honors from the American Library Association including the Melvil Dewey Medal in 1977 and an honorary lifetime membership in 2002. Seymour Lubetzky was 104 when he died on April 5th, 2003.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of subject and correspondence files, lecture notes, and audio tapes from the 1930s through the 2000s relating to Lubetzky's work in cataloging and classification in the Library Information Science discipline.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1: Original Collection, 1938-1987
    • Series 2: Addition, 1929-2002

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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lubetzky, Seymour--Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles. School of Library Service--Faculty--Archival resources.
    Catalogers--United States--Archives.