Western History & Genealogy Blog

Dewey Moved My Cemetery!

Denver researchers have heard stories of the relocations of Acacia, Mount Prospect and Calvary Cemeteries. Now they are asking where have all of the cemetery books gone?

Books are cataloged and classified in most libraries. We use the Dewey decimal classification system. Books are not just unboxed and placed on the shelves in libraries. In order to facilitate the location and retrieval of these materials librarians do several things to the materials you use. We like to handle the materials before they are placed in your hands. We open them up and look at them, on occasion we even read a bit of the text and that helps in the description or cataloging of the item.

Next we create a call number or classification number for each item. Researchers will find most of our materials have a G or a C prefix before the call number, G for Genealogy or C for the Colorado and Western History materials. Many genealogy books have the Dewey number 929. The 900s are for History, 920s are biography, so personal biography or genealogy is 929. We then break the material down further using geographical subdivisions. For Colorado and other western states, that set of numbers fall within a few clusters. On your next visit to the library pick up a cheat sheet at the WHG reference desk with the root numbers for each state.

Right now let us be concerned with Colorado cemetery books. You may have found them located with other Colorado subjects in the G929.3788 area. Several years ago the folks who sit around all day thinking about Dewey Decimal numbers decided that 929.5 would be a good place to fit all books dealing with cemetery, graveyard and burial records. As new cemetery books came into the library they were cataloged and classified in the 929.5s. Over the past year our catalogers have been re-classifying all of our cemetery books from 929.3…to 929.5… So the next time you want to research your grandparents Colorado burial records you will find them at G929.5788.

It is easy to find what books we own and their complete call numbers when you visit denverlibrary.org and scroll through the catalog.

Mark L. Blunt

Who writes up biographies of early settlers such as Mark L. Blunt? They are written in the first person and make assumptions that are incorrect. If anybody accepts responsibility and wants to correct the error on Mark L. Blunt, a member of the Boston Company (officially the Boston Mechanics and Mining Company, founder of Golden City (now Golden), member of 2nd Colorado Volunteers who fought during the Civil War at Glorietta Pass in New Mexico, founder of cattle ranch east of Pueblo (house still occupied) and served as Tax Collector, Clerk of Pueblo District Court, married his 2nd wife, Melinda Jane Stout and had 6 kids. One kid (Laurence Calvin Blunt owned the Nevin Candy Company on Blake Street was a member of Denver Masonic Lodge #5, President of Confectioners Association, Denver Draft Board #7 and financially successful. Married Ruth Esther Howe, originally of Walnut, KS, then Pueblo, CO. They had two children. Laurence Calvin Blunt, Jr., and Robert M. Blunt (an engineer researcher in physics at the Denver Research Institute (DU). LCB Jr.(International Harvester) & Helen Bevers had two children (living in 2010) Sue Bevers Blunt Mullins (Iowa Legislator) and L. C. Blunt, III (CA attorney). Robert M. Blunt and June Buros had 5 children (all living in 2010). Tona (an O.T. in CA), Robert M. Blunt, Jr. (former police detective in Lakewood and now General Building Contractor), Peter H. Blunt, (former lawyer in CA), Stephen Thomas (now Zard Wilfre) real estate developer in CO & MN, and John E. (Jeb) a mechanical engineer teaching IT at Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, CO. Misspellings and errors presently posted on Library website can be corrected by contacting Mark L. Blunt's greatgrandson Robert M. at niwenterprises@yahoo.com. Early Colorado history (the Pioneers and those who were attracted by the 1859 gold rush) is difficult to get correct but should be done right while decendants are still alive. RMB JR.

You seem to be referencing

You seem to be referencing the biographies found here: http://history.denverlibrary.org/research/fiftyniners/B.html

They were compiled in 1926 by Henrietta E. Bromwell, and are therefore unlikely to be corrected.

Biography References

Henrietta Bromwell may have made the errors in 1926. As a direct decendant of Mark L. Blunt and Melinda Jane Stout, their son Laurence Calvin Blunt, and his son, my father, Robert M. Blunt I have family documents, newspaper obituaries, know where graves are located, and have pictures of grave markers with dates enscribed upon them. If the errors cannot be correced then the Denver Public Library should at the very least have an addendum (particularly online) with the corrections.

Bromwell is of no relation and documents in my possession from 1859 will not last forever. We tried to donate things to the Golden Pioneer Museum run by the DAR but politics and greed resulted in the City of Golden filing litigation. The Colorado Historical Society has some items but they store them never to be seen or trade them to other museums so the true Colorado history is lost.