Julia Pettee Papers
Scope and Contents
The Julia Pettee Papers contains correspondence, student notes, and miscellaneous materials. This collection spans the years from 1894 to 2009, but most of the records fall between the years 1895 to 1905. These materials help illuminate the state of the library profession during her years at the Pratt Library School. They also contain peripheral information on figures such as Mary Wright Plummer and graduates of the early classes of the Library School (1895-1896). The collection also contains a retrospective look through Pettee’s late writings at issues surrounding the library profession.
- 1894 - 2009
- Majority of material found within 1895 - 1905
- Pettee, Julia, 1872-1967 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public.
Conditions Governing Use
For permission to publish, contact the Archivist, Pratt Institute Library.
Biographical / Historical
Julia Pettee, born in 1872, attended Pratt Institute Library School from 1894-1895. She worked as a cataloger at Vassar College for 10 years after her graduation. From 1909 to 1939, she was the Chief Cataloger in the Union Theological Seminary Library. During her tenure, she developed and implemented a new classification system for theological works—Union Classification System— that was, at one point, adopted in over 50 theological libraries across the nation.
0.15 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
Julia Pettee was a student of the Pratt Institute Library School from 1894-1895. From 1909 to 1939, she was the Chief Cataloger in the Union Theological Seminary Library where she devised a unique classification system for theological works. Her papers date primarily from 1895 to 1905 and include incoming and outgoing correspondence, writings by and about Pettee, class notes, and ephemera related to her time as a library student.
The records are arranged in four series. The arrangement of the records is as follows:
Series 1: Incoming Correspondence, 1895-1905
Series 2: Outgoing Correspondence, 1894-1966
Series 3: Writings, 1858-2009
Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1894-1958
Series 5: Student Notes, 1894-1895
Materials within series are arranged chronologically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Julia Pettee in 1958, with additions through 1966.
- Business correspondence Subject Source: Fast
- Ephemera Subject Source: Fast
- Library Science Subject Source: Fast
- Library education Subject Source: Fast
- Manuscripts Subject Source: Fast
- New York (State) -- New York -- Brooklyn Subject Source: Fast
- Notebooks Subject Source: Fast
- Personal correspondence Subject Source: Fast
- Pratt Institute
- Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae Subject Source: Fast
- Women in library science Subject Source: Fast
- Guide to the Julia Pettee Papers
- Processed by Brian Cross, December 2004, with modifications by Paul Schlotthauer, July 2007.
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- 5/29/2019: Edited by Rebecca Pou for accuracy and compliance with DACS.