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The Folger Shakespeare Library uses ArchivesSpace for management, description, search, and access of collections in our care, including manuscripts, papers, records, and our institutional archives. This page is about our internal practices for description in ArchivesSpace.


We use names from the LC Name Authority File (LCNAF). Names that are not yet established in the LCNAF are linked to SNAC, when possible. Names that are not available in either or those sources are listed as having 'Local sources'.

Genre/Form terms

Following our practices with the MARC 655 field, we prefer genre/form terms from the following vocabularies, listed in order of preference: AAT, RBMS Controlled Vocabulary (rbmscv), and TGM. See Folgerpedia's Genre and form article for a list of Folger preferred terms.


We are using FAST subject headings. These are similar to, and derived from, the Library of Congress Subject Headings that we use in the catalog.

For geographical names in subjects, we use the LC Name Authority File (LCNAF). Uniform titles in subjects also come from the LCNAF.

Frequently Used Information


When adding a note about physical evidence to a finding aid, see the advice on finding aid HBCNs.

External URLs

For URLs to external resources, highlight the text to be linked and use the 'wrap with' function for <extref>. In the tag, include the following, replacing [link] with the URL:

<extref href=”[link]” show=”new” actuate=”onrequest”>

For diacritics, use HTML character codes, which have the pattern &#[number].

character HTML code
& &#38;