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Catalog Preservation Project Records, 1942-1983.

Author: New York Public Library. Research Libraries. Preparation Services Division.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Database:WorldCat
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The Catalog Preservation Project Records pertain to the rehabilitation and preservation of the Public Card Catalog of The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.
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Named Person: James W Henderson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: New York Public Library. Research Libraries. Preparation Services Division.
OCLC Number: 122615547
Description: 4.16 linear feet (10 boxes).

Abstract:

The Catalog Preservation Project Records pertain to the rehabilitation and preservation of the Public Card Catalog of The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.

The collection documents institutional investigation of this matter, as well as the resulting decisions to close the catalog at the end of 1971, to rehabilitate the cards, to publish the catalog retrospectively, and to create, maintain and periodically publish prospectively a machine readable catalog of post-1971 acquisitions.

The records span the years 1942 to 1983, with a concentration on the period in the 1960's when the issue of rehabilitating and preserving the card catalog was studied in depth, as well as the period in the 1970's and early 1980's when the retrospective and prospective catalogs were created. The collection consists of reports, minutes, memoranda (both typed and handwritten), correspondence, publicity material and photocopies of newspapers clippings, together with some actual examples of cards from the catalog.

This material illuminates the process by which the decision to rehabilitate and preserve the card catalog was made, and shows how that decision was implemented. The records also reveal institutional thinking on questions ranging from cataloging theory (particularly the problem of conforming NYPL subject headings to those of the Library of Congress) to the use of outside consultants and ways to obtain outside funding. There is also documentation of interaction and coordination among the several Library departments and divisions that worked together to achieve a common institutional goal.

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