As we have both been confronted with the task of documenting large masses of illsorted information on such general and widely different subjects as fuller's earth, seaweed, peat, raw materials, cooperation, and Scotland, we have tried to devise a system of arrangement of the material which is quick to compile and easy to use both by ourselves and by others. We do not have the services of a special librarian, and have to document our notes in odd moments. We would not have had time to look up the index numbers of the Decimal System for innumerable entries, many of which are only a few lines in length. The choice then seemed to be between the Kaiser and the Holmstrom systems. The Kaiser system appeared rather artificial and difficult to apply to a very varied mass of material, but Holmstrom's system offered a method of selfindexing which would lend itself to subsequent decimal classification if need be.
Journal of Documentation – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1946