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Seymour Lubetzky papers, 1938-2003
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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.
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.
11.2 linear ft. (8 record cartons and 8 document boxes)
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