R.J. Chambers Archive Classification Schema

Abridged Dewey

As evident from the Collection Chambers was obsessed with achieving order. He loved mathematics and related arts like classificatory schema. Having maintained an extensive set of professional and academic material for many years, Chambers used an abridged Dewey Classificatory schema to store, and ease retrieval of, those materials in folders and filing cabinets. This system was to be the antecedent of what appeared as the schema for arrannging nearly 6,000 items in his magnum opus, An Accounting Thesaurus: Five Hundred Years of Accounting (Elsevier, 1996). The Thesaurus chartulary represents approximately one third to one quarter of the total of his card index files.