TIL that the library career of the creator of the Dewey Decimal system, Melvil Dewey ended in disgrace, because of his groping of female librarians. Dewey also insisted on seeing photographs of the women before he would hire them, to determine if they were attractive or not.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvil_Dewey

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  1. The most interesting thing about this isn’t that Dewey was a pervert. It was that he was such a pervert that he was kicked out of the club.

    You have to think of the librarian association back then as more akin to police unions, than anything else.

    They had an immense amount of power (this was a time when Andrew Carnegie who knocked Rockefeller from the richest spot at times, was making public libraries into his personal legacy).

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