Special Collections cataloging & metadata meetings: notes


Attendees: Richard Jenkins, Danielle Rougeau, Andy Wentink

Agenda: To discuss progress with cataloging Aber Misc, some cataloging oddities, and summer cataloging plans

Richard's MS cataloging questions & Andy's answers:

  • Call numbers for individual folders from Aber Miscellany that are to be cataloged separately: generally, give them same call number as coll level records (e,g, ABER MS N-R)
  • 300 field: extent: use format $a 1 folder (5 items) ; or $a 1 box (10 folders). Do not include transcripts in count. (Mention in notes field)

Oddities: Richard will begin these after Brook Farms correspondence

  • Frank O'Hara volume: handwritten poems
  • Snodgrass/Untermeyer correspondence tipped in book
  • Robert Frost volume of poetry with correspondence btwn B. Meredith and Dakin [former Vt. Bookstore owner -- I forgot his name already . .. Dakin Smith?
  • Saul Bellow volume with letters

Finding aids:

  • All present dissatisfied with finding aids as CONTENTdm collection. Prefer original plan (many years ago!) of creating/saving finding aids on server with link to bib record. Double the work currently. Andy will inquire further with Terry/Mike Lynch
  • Still interested in pursuing Archon as way to create EAD finding aids


  • Mentioned Jess's suggestion to create GoogleDoc with Spec Coll cataloging projects -- priorities, problems, progress. Sounds good to everyone
  • Jess & Danielle to begin finding aids for other collections this summer
  • Discussion of Hemingway collection

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