This manual is intended to cover the fields, subfields, and indicators in ordinary use in the Houghton Manuscript Section for collection-level MARC records.
Note on content and what is "required": A collection-level MARC record should be informative to the reader, but not exhaustive. If exhaustive description is needed, the finding aid is the place to develop this information. Think of the MARC record as a summary of what is in the OASIS finding aid. The fields below that are listed as "required" are required by our department, not as a bib-standard by Harvard.
For some of the fields, data will be system-supplied and unalterable; for others, the template for a given format will provide default values that a cataloger may alter; for still others, the cataloger will enter the encoded data in a blank field.
Of the forms listed in Format/type of record, our department deals generally with books, music, mixed, visual, and rarely with the others.
For information on inputting into Aleph, see the Aleph documentation on the HUIT website and/or take the Aleph classes