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Frances Bernice Field papers

Call Number: MS 744

Scope and Contents

The papers of Frances Bernice Field consist of correspondence, drafts of speeches, articles, reports, and printed matter related to Field's profession as a librarian and cataloguer. The material is arranged in subject files alphabetically by organization; the folder headings for the most part are those used by Field. Indication of the type of material, whether correspondence, reports, writings by Field, and so forth, has been added. Three boxes are devoted to the American Library Association, and in particular to the Descriptive Cataloging Committee, of which Field was chairman from 1960-1966, and to the revision ofRules for Descriptive Catalogingundertaken by that committee. A fourth box contains materials relating to Yale University and to the Yale Library; the remaining two boxes contain papers relating toAnglo-American Cataloguing Rules, in the revision of which Field was active, to the Joint Committee on the Union List of Serials, Inc., and to other professional organizations. There is a small group of general materials (Box 1) not directly related to the various organizations; these include letters of congratulations on Field's receipt of the Mann Citation for outstanding professional achivement in cataloging (1966), letters of recommendation written by her, letters offering jobs to her, and a small number of personal letters. There are also newspaper clippings, resumés, obituaries, and other memorabilia.


  • 1946-1975


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of F. Bernice Field, and of the Technical Services Department of Sterling Memorial Library, 1974.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, drafts of speeches, articles, reports, and printed and typed material related to cataloguing. The papers are related exclusively to Field's professional life as a librarian and cataloguer, and is mostly composed of printed or other duplicated material.

Biographical / Historical

Frances Bernice Field: president of New York Technical Services Librarians, 1953-1954; appointed Head of Yale University Cataloguing Department, 1955; became Associate Librarian for Technical Services in 1965; recipient of Margaret Mann citation of the American Library Association, 1966.

Guide to the Frances Bernice Field Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
February 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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