[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Cataloging library special collections in aspace?

Bowers, Kate A. kate_bowers at harvard.edu
Wed Nov 2 16:58:48 EDT 2022

We have two collections where we ended up using finding aids (now in ArchivesSpace—they were migrated in). The purposes for each were different.

https://id.lib.harvard.edu/ead/hua36010/catalog : John Rawls’ library, has a few non-book items, but chiefly the metadata was obtained by copy-cataloging the books, adding holdings and a 700 field for “Former owner” and grabbing selected fields from library catalog records. This data was then converted to EAD. The finding aid serves as a “binder” to understand the scope and significance of the library as a whole. This was processed in the last couple of decades. Having these in the general catalog as well as in a finding aid has absolutely lead to the heavy use of this collection.

https://id.lib.harvard.edu/ead/hua16008/catalog : Phi Beta Kappa has no bibliographic records, the finding aid is the only description we have for this legacy collection that we don’t have resources to catalog (something that might be remedied soon), so this is our best effort.

From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> On Behalf Of Nic Stanton-Roark
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Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Cataloging library special collections in aspace?

Hi all,
Does anyone have experience with or examples of cataloging special collections primarily of printed monographs but also some archival type objects like correspondence, manuscripts, etc? Would love to collect a broad set of examples for an upcoming project.
Thanks in advance!




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