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Henry E. Bliss

AKA Henry Evelyn Bliss

Born: 29-Jan-1870
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 9-Aug-1955
Location of death: Plainfield, NJ
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Curator

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bliss Classification System

Librarian Henry Bliss had little formal schooling before attending City College of New York. He left without obtaining a degree, worked for several years as a school teacher, and returned to CCNY to work in the library. There he developed a bibliographic classification system to rival Melvil Dewey's decimal system. Bliss's system is still used, mostly in British libraries.

Father: Henry Hale Bliss (b. 1830)
Mother: Evelina Matilda Davis Bliss
Sister: Florence Wadsworth Bliss (b. 1869)
Mother: Elvira Ketchum Bliss (stepmother)
Wife: Ellen de Koster Bliss (m. 1901, d. 1943)
Daughter: Margaret Bliss Treat (b. 1906, d. 1997)
Son: John Hale Bliss (b. 1908)
Daughter: Conrad Blis (b. 1911, d. 1963)

    University: City College of New York (attended 1885-88)
    University: Certificate in Library Economy, Amherst College (1889)
    Administrator: Deputy Librarian, City College of New York (1891-1915)
    Administrator: Librarian, City College of New York (1915-55)

    American Library Association
    Risk Factors: Deafness

Author of books:
The Organization of Knowledge and the System of the Sciences (1929)
The Organization of Knowledge in Libraries and the Subject-Approach to Books (1934)
A System of Bibliographic Classification (1936)
The Organization of Knowledge in Libraries (1939)


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