The Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, is one of the world’s leading collections in the history of health care and medicine, attracting researchers from around the world to consult its rare books and journals, archives and manuscripts, photographs and prints, and art and artifact collections. The history of medicine plays a critical role in informing contemporary medicine simultaneous to our understanding of the larger society within which medicine is embedded.
This manual is designed to aid Center staff in an ongoing effort to achieve quality and consistency in our operations across units and functions, and to provide transparency and openness around the policies and procedures that guide our work. The creation and issue of this manual coincides with a greater movement among Harvard library leadership to adopt a shared IT infrastructure, collection management and cataloging software, and more uniform processing and descriptive practices (see: Harvard Joint Processing Guidelines). The Center anticipates that the policies and procedures outlined in this manual will continue to be revised in the coming years, not only to better standardize our own practices to our benefit (and the benefit of future Center staff seeking to understand how collections were handled), but to ensure that we are in compliance with University-wide guidelines.
All manual content is available for re-use under a CC BY-NC license.
Acquisitions LHT path
- Metrics Database (MD)
- Guidance on Using the Network Drive
- Rehousing & preservation (see: 1st section specific to point-of-accession work)
- Folder listing (see: both general & accessioning-specific instructions in orange)
- Authoring a biographical note (see: accession-level section)
- Authoring an administrative history (see: accession-level section)
- Logging audio-visual material
- Logging e-media
- Barcoding & box labeling
- University publications
(Planning, Rehousing & preservation, Restrictions, A/V Logging, E-media logging and imaging, Born-digital processing, Post-processing activities, Accruals)
(Listing, Cataloging, Calculating extent, Headings & authorities, Descriptive notes, Style guide, EAD finding aids, EAC-CPF records)
- HD, Barcoding, & Box Labels
- Metrics Database (MD)
- General operations
- Digitization & Metadata
- Printed materials cataloging
- Records Management
- Public Services
- Warren Anatomical Museum