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When creating notes for 5XX fields, use the vocabulary found in the sources below, using them in the order of preference provided. When these sources are inadequate, use terminology found in the bibliography section, Reference tools for rare book cataloging at Houghton.

Cataloging Manual for Printed and Graphic Materials. Houghton Library. Dept. of Technical Services. Rare Books Cataloging Team

RDA Toolkit. Glossary.

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books). 2007. Glossary.

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Music). Glossary.

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Serials). Glossary.

RBMS form and genre terms. For these six lists, see the 655 section, as well as Appendix D: Form & Genre Terms for Rare Book Cataloging.

Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names.

Glaister, Geoffrey Ashall. Encyclopedia of the Book. 1996.

Webster's Unabridged. (1996 with updates).


  1. Let's see how stable the RDA link is.

    1. I was able to access it without any problem. The link won't work for non-Harvard people, but that is not the purpose and was not the concern that was raised.

  2. Removed link to AACR2 glossary, which includes a number of deprecated terms, and added a link to Appendix D to accompany RBMS form/genre. The other links are tested and functional, though RDA and DCRM will obviously be undergoing some upheaval before long.