148 History of Wake Forest College
clerical force of four students of the Curator's choice, who worked ten
hours a week for their college fees, about seventy-five dollars each a
The making of the catalogue of the 15,000 volumes then in the
Library was a labor of nearly three years. A closer classification was
made than that previously used which was without decimals. An
effort was made to supply the names of authors who wrote under
pseudonyms and other disguises and anonymously, a not uncommon
practice in the first half of the nineteenth century. For each book at
least two cards were made, one for the shelf-list and the other for
general catalogue which was by authors when authors were known. In
addition for many books third cards were made of titles when these
were better known than the names of the authors. Gum labels were
pasted on backs with shelflist numbers. Other cards were made, one
for each book to be used in keeping records of loans. The young men
chosen for the clerical work year by year proved competent; those
who wrote the better "library" hand made the catalogue cards; all
were diligent and intelligent, and in less than three years provided the
Library with its first card catalogue. The head cataloguer of one of our
larger universities on inspecting the work several years later praised it
highly, and said its making was well worth more than five thousand
After the completion of the cataloguing in the spring of 1904
current accessions were catalogued and prepared for circulation by the
Curator until the appointment of a regular librarian, Mr. E. P.
Ellington, in September, 1908. After that, until 1924 the accessioning
and cataloguing of books were done by the librarians until 1924, first
by Mr. E. P. Ellington until June, 1911; then by Miss Louise P.
Heims, a trained librarian, who served until January, 1915, who
greatly improved the catalogue,
11 Minutes of the Faculty for April 5, 1901.
The young men who composed this clerical force were these: in 1901-02, W. J.
Dickens, E. J. Sherwood, J. B. Wyche, and C. E. McBrayer; in 1902-03, J. B.
Wyche, W. J. Dickens, J. R. Teague, C. D. Meadows; 1903-04, J. B. Wyche, J. R.
Teague, Claude Meadows, W. W. Stafford. Two, Dickens and Meadows, died early;
the others have attained high success in life.
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