Bartol Brinkler

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Bartol Brinkler
Alma mater Princeton University
Columbia University
Occupation Librarian

Bartol Brinkler (October 2, 1915 – October 2, 1993)[1] was a cataloging librarian, the head of cataloging and classification at Harvard University's Widener Library. He received a MA and a Ph.D. from Princeton Graduate School. He graduated in 1937.[2] He was also a graduate of the library school at Columbia University.[3]

From 1947 to 1982, Brinkler worked at Widener Library as head of classification and cataloging. In 1976, he trained all the catalogers at Widener Library on the Library of Conrgess Classification system. Brinkler also served as a "consultant on classification (…this included the construction of a special classification system & supervision of reclassification for Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington, DC, [19]59-60, and J.K.Kennedy-Institut für Amerikastudien".[4]

He devised a modification of the Library of Congress Classification system, known as the Brinkler classification system, to bring out better the geographical aspects of the subject in the context of a card catalog.

Brinkler died on 2 October 1993. He is remembered in the Princeton Alumni Weekly as a "quiet librarian".[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Bartol Brinkler - grave location". Find-a-Grave. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Winter Trustees Meeting". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 40: 346. January 19, 1940. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  3. ^ DeWitt Metcalf, Keyes (1988). My Harvard Library Years, 1937-1955: A Sequel to Random Recollections of an Anachronism. Harvard University Press. p. 131. ISBN 9780674596009. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Who's who in library service. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1933, 1943, 1955, 1966. 5th edition published as: A Biographical directory of librarians in the United States and Canada. Chicago, ALA, 1970.

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