Genre/Form Terms

Genre Terms | Binding Terms | Provenance Evidence | Printing and Publishing Evidence

Use Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) and the RBMS Controlled Vocabularies as the default thesauri when assigning any genre/form terms. When terms are duplicated in both thesauri (e.g. Zines), code the term ‡2 lcgft. When there are more specific terms applicable to special collections, use the RBMS term coded ‡2 rbgenr. If terms are not found in either LCGFT or the RBMS Controlled vocabularies, use other thesauri in this order of preference:

This order of preference can be overridden in some cases. For example, if the scope note of a term from TGM is more suitable than the scope note of a term from LCGFT, then the ‡2 gmgpc source code can be used instead.

If a term cannot be found in any thesaurus, but it has been approved for use by the Rare Book Cataloging Unit, code the term ‡2 local.

It is important to remember that genre/form terms describe what a work is versus what it is about.

This list reflects the form and genre terms frequently used by the Rare Book Cataloging Unit in its cataloging of Beinecke printed materials and includes terms that the library believes are important and is updated to reflect changing usage and needs. It does not necessarily include the terms appearing on cataloging records in Orbis obtained via copy cataloging. These terms appear in the 655 field and are searchable in Orbis as “Genre/Form.” Catalogers may use authorized form and genre terms not on this list and may propose additions to the list. 

Genre/form terms may not be subdivided, geographically, topically, chronologically, or by form.

When using copy cataloging, or updating Beinecke records already in Orbis, remove all  subdivisions under genre/form terms, except for those noted below. Do not remove subdivisions on records with holdings from other special collections libraries (BAC, Walpole, AOB, etc.).

Always provide a 752 Hierarchical Place Name for the place of publication (usually subfields a, b and d [country, state and city]). Use a standardized form based on the 781 field of the place name authority record. For more information see: Hierarchical Place Names.

Except for LCSH terms, all Genre/Form terms are input in field 655 _7.

Those headings that correspond to copy-specific information should have ‡5 CtY-BR as the final subfield.

Genre Terms

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Binding Terms

All terms in this list are input in field 655 7. They are not subdivided geographically or chronologically. All headings are followed at end by ‡2 rbbin unless otherwise noted. Those headings that correspond to copy-specific information should have ‡5 CtY-BR as the final subfield. See also the bindings and binders page. To facilitate copying and pasting the ‡5 CtY-BR has been added to terms that are usually copy-specific.

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Provenance Evidence

All terms in this list are input in field 655 7. They are not subdivided topically, geographically or chronologically, unless otherwise noted. All headings are followed at end by ‡2 rbprov unless otherwise noted. All headings correspond to copy-specific information and thus should have ‡5 CtY-BR as the final subfield.

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Printing & Publishing Evidence

All terms in this list are input in field 655 _7. All headings with (Printing) are followed at end by ‡2 rbpri unless otherwise noted. All headings with (Publishing) are followed at end by ‡2 rbpub unless otherwise noted. Those headings that correspond to copy-specific information should have ‡5 CtY-BR as the final subfield.

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