Series and Subseries Headings

February 10, 2021 - 3:23pm by Anonymous (not verified)

Local practice is to apply the term “Electronic Files” to series and subseries headings. Electronic Files is preferred to Computer Files, the AACR2 GMD (AACR2 1.1C1), as a broader and ostensibly more accurate term, one, for example, that can encompass electronic or born-digital files created on contemporary portable devices (such as digital cameras, cell phones, PDAs, etc.) not commonly identified as computers. Electronic Files is preferred to Electronic Records in order to distinguish materials created or received by individuals common to personal papers from records created or received in the course of institutional activity. Electronic is also preferred to Digital as a broader term, encompassing both analog and digital formats. 

At this time Beinecke does not apply headings by specific format (e.g. text files, image files).

See George Whitmore Papers (YCAL MSS 274).