Dewey Melvil's Filing Cabinet


Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet




Organizes books based on the Dewey Decimal System; holds infinite number of catalog cards for each book around it.


Card holders will uncontrollably write in Speech Reform grammar.


Proximity to books/holding a card

Collected by

Warehouse 12


The Library Section

Date of Collection

August 9, 1900


​Origin[edit | edit source]

Melville Louis Kossuth (Melvil) Dewey (December 10, 1851 – December 26, 1931) was an American librarian and educator, inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification, and a founder of the Lake Placid Club. As a young adult he advocated spelling reform; he changed his name from the usual "Melville" to "Melvil", without redundant letters, and for a time changed his surname to "Dui". While still a student, he founded the Library Bureau, which sold high-quality index-cards and filing-cabinets, and established the standard dimensions for catalog cards. Dewey's Library Bureau company is also said to have introduced hanging vertical files, first seen at the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago.

​Effects[edit | edit source]

When in wide proximity to any collection of books, so long as it is at least two items large, the cabinet will automatically reorganize them to fit the current Dewey Decimal System. New books that suddenly appear will do so instantly in their proper place, and any new book brought in or placed in the wrong spot will float through the air directly to their intended shelf. Additionally, for each new book brought into its vicinity, a new catalog card will appear within its drawers, which can hold a seemingly infinite number of them, in an equally organized manner. Holding a card will cause the holder to uncontrollably write in the simplified English of the spelling reform.

​Storage[edit | edit source]

Due to its vast proximity of effects and usefullness for locating and organizing the books within, this cabient is kept at the entrance of the Library Section.

​Artifact Math[edit | edit source]

This cabinet is used to organize the books on Thomas Phillipps' Bookcases , and its downside is reduced by Harrison D. McFaddin's Emeralite Lamps .

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