Oral History (Print Format)

Create separate bib records for a print transcript of an oral history and the digitized version in CONTENTdm (University Libraries policy on materials in multiple formats).

Use this procedure for oral history transcripts in print. Use the print format workform. See Oral History (Online) for information and workform specific to that format.

If a bib record for the oral history in print or online already exists, use it as the basis for the new bib record for the other format.

What is being cataloged? Print resource, manuscript. The oral history transcript is unpublished, as it is a manuscript.

Fixed Fields

  • Record Type: Code t = language material, textual, manuscript materials
  • BLvl: Code m = monographic
  • Country: Code xx = unpublished materials
  • Cont: Code m = manuscript materials
  • Desc: Code i = (signifies RDA)
  • Date: Date 1 = © date on title page verso, or latest date (not the date on the cover or title page, if this is earlier

040 field: Key in |e rda before |c MUS.

  • 040 __ MUS |e rda |c MUS

Classification: All oral histories are classed: F341.5 .M57 plus the volume number. Online oral history bib records also have the work mark (Online). Legacy bib records in the catalog will also be seen with .M57x in the shelf list. Do not use .M57x.

  • 050 _4 F341.5 |b .M57 vol. 1105
  • 050 _4 F341.5 |b .M57 vol. 999 (Online)

Interviewee: Give the name of the person being interviewed with the appropriate relator term.

  • 100 1_ Greene, Kathanne W., |e interviewee.
  • 100 1_ Simmons, Robert Sledge, |d 1980- |e interviewee.

Name Authority Work: See here (link to new Authorites page, TBA). Refer author name conflicts to a librarian for resolution.

Title: Give the title followed by a comma, then the interview date(s) in |f.

  • 245 13 An oral history with Kate Greene, |f 2005 October 5.
  • 245 13 An oral history with Joseph Bui, |f 2007 April 18 and 29.
  • 245 14 The Holiday Inn oral history project, |f 2011 September-2012 March.

Publication Info: Give copyright date from T.p. verso.

  • 264 _4 |c ©2009

Description: Give the number of leaves or pages. Give 336-338 RDA field information.

  • 300 __ 14 leaves ; |c 28 cm
  • 300 __ 18 pages ; |c 28 cm

  • 336 __ text |b txt |2 rdacontent
  • 337 __ unmediated |b n |2 rdamedia
  • 338 __ volume |b nc |2 rdacarrier

Series (No Subseries): Give the series as on the work in 490. Give the authorized series name in 830.

  • 490 1_ Mississippi Oral History Program ; |v vol. 123
  • 830 _0 Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi (Series) ; |v vol. 123.

Series with Subseries:Give the series and subseries as on the work in one 490 field. Give them separately in two 830 fields. Volume numbering relates to the series, not to the subseries.

  • 490 1_ Mississippi Oral History Program. Hurricane Katrina Oral History Project ; |v vol. 234
  • 830 _0 Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi (Series) ; |v vol. 234.
  • 830 _0 Hurricane Katrina Oral History Project.           (no volume number)

Two forms of 490 entry are seen in the catalog for the Katrina subseries -- with and without square brackets. For a time, Katrina subseries information may not have appeared on the printed transcripts.

  • 490 1_ Mississippi Oral History Program. [Hurricane Katrina Oral History Project] ; |v vol. 345
  • 830 _0 Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi (Series) ; |v vol. 345.
  • 830 _0 Hurricane Katrina Oral History Project.          (no volume number)

Notes: Include 5xx notes in the prescribed order. Use standard text provided on the workform for some notes. Compose sentences for 545 Biographical and 520 Summary notes, avoiding colloquial or trendy wording except when judged to be particularly useful.

  • Sound recordings
    • 500 __ Sound recordings held in University Archives.
  • Interview information
    • 500 __ Interview recorded April 18, 2007, by Linda VanZandt.
    • 500 __ Interview recorded April 18-19, 2007, by Linda VanZandt and Kate Doyle.
  • Restrictions
    • 506 __ Restrictions: no unauthorized reproduction or publication.
  • Copyright information
    • 540 __ Copyright held by the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, The University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Biographical Note: Compose a paragraph from information provided in the oral history transcript. See bib record examples.
  • Summary Note: Compose a paragraph that covers the major content of the oral history. See bib record examples.

Subject Headings

  • Interviewee: Give the name of the person being interviewed with form subdivision |v Interviews.
    • 600 1_ Greene, Kathanne W., |v Interviews.
    • 600 1_ Simmons, Robert Sledge, |d 1980- |v Interviews.
  • Interviewee: Give an appropriate topical heading for the person being interviewed with appropriate subdivision terms.
    • 650 _0 College teachers |z Mississippi |v Interviews.
    • 650 _0 College students |z Mississippi |z Hattiesburg |v Interviews.
  • Corporate names: Enter corporate names for organizations or entities with significant treatment in the oral history.
    • 610 20 First Baptist Church (Gulfport, Miss.)
    • 610 20 University of Southern Mississippi.
    • 610 20 Boat People S.O.S.
  • Topics: Give as appropriate with subdivision terms to represent the content of the oral history.
    • 650 _0 Disaster victims |z Mississippi |z Gulf Coast.
    • 650 _0 Disaster relief |z Mississippi |z Gulf Coast.
    • 650 _0 Hurricane Katrina, 2005 |v Personal narratives.
    • 650 _0 Hurricanes |z Mississippi |z Gulf Coast.
  • Geographical headings: Give as appropriate with subdivision terms to represent geographical coverage.
    • 651 _0 Bay Saint Louis (Miss.) |x History.
    • 651 _0 New Orleans (La.) |x History.
    • 651 _0 Mississippi |x History |y 20th century.
    • 651 _0 Mississippi |x History |y 21st century.

Added Entry

  • Interviewer: Give the interviewer’s name (or interviewers’ names) with the appropriate relator term.
    • 700 1_ VanZandt, Linda, |e interviewer.

Series. See above Series (No Subseries) and Series with Subseries.




Linda Ginn: August 2014

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