Information for Quaker Bibliographers and Archivists
For those library professionals who occasionally catalogue Quaker books and manuscripts, assigning subject headings and formulating corporate name headings can often be difficult.
In 1999, Friends Historical Library participated with Haverford College, the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, and the American Friends Service Committee, in assembling a subjects headings list for use in cataloguing Friends' materials. This list includes both established and local subject headings, coded as 150 and 190 respectively. While the Library of Congress has made some changes in the established headings since that time, the database still functions as an extremely useful resource, and so we have made it available on-line:
- Quaker Subject Headings: A-C
- Quaker Subject Headings: D-F
- Quaker Subject Headings: G-J
- Quaker Subject Headings: K-N
- Quaker Subject Headings: O-R
- Quaker Subject Headings: S-V
- Quaker Subject Headings: W-Z
Of course, cataloguers should always check unfamiliar headings against the LC authority file:
The other document which might prove useful in the formulation of new corporate headings for Friends meetings includes rules negotiated with the Library of Congress in the late 1990s. All of the headings which have been formally established by the NACO cataloguers at Friends Historical Library have followed these rules:
Even for experienced cataloguers, determining the affililiation of identically entitled meetings can be difficult. Bibliographers and archivists are welcome to consult with FHL staff when they encounter previously uncatalogued material.