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Revision as of 12:00, 18 March 2015

This article is about cataloging legal documents emanating from, or principally recording the activities of, the governments of England, England and Wales, Great Britain, Scotland, and Ireland in the early modern period. In addition to providing guidelines for different types of government documents, this article documents Folger catalogers' deliberate deviation from Resource Description and Access (RDA) in formulating authorized access points. These instructions reflect current policy; there are many records in Hamnet for government documents that follow different standards.

Chronology

England: 927-1536
England and Wales: 1536-1707
Interregnum: 1642-1660
Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales): 1707-
Scotland: -1707
Ireland: -1801

Proclamations

Official announcements given by the sovereign (or Parliament during the Interregnum) or under his or her approval.

Authorized access points

  • Use the authorized corporate name. For example:
1101 England and Wales. ǂb Sovereign (1558-1603 : Elizabeth I)
1101 England and Wales. ǂb Privy Council.
1101 Scotland. ǂb Sovereign (1424-1437 : James I)
1101 England and Wales. ǂb Parliament. [1642-1660]
  • Uniform title "Proclamations" followed by the full, inverted date of the proclamation. For example:
240 10 Proclamations. 1553-07-19

Bibliographical citation

  • Add a 510 reference citation to
510 Crawford, J.L.L. Bibliography of royal proclamations of the Tudor and Stuart sovereigns and of others published under authority, 1485-1714
  • The English short title catalogue and Wing refer to this bibliography as "Steele."
  • Crawford includes proclamations and acts ordered to be proclaimed by Parliament during the Commonwealth, from the Execution of Charles I on 30 January 1649 and the arrival of Charles II in London on 30 May 1660.
  • Add the Crawford notation from the bibliography, reformulated into understandable prose. For example, the entry in Crawford has this: Arms 23 consideration and so
500 The last word of the first line of text is "consideration"; the first word in the last line indented by the initial is "and"; the last word of the last full line of text is "so". Crawford Arms 23.
  • If the item is not in Crawford but is within its scope, give the notation in the same way.
500 Not in Crawford, J.L.L. Bibliography of royal proclamations of the Tudor and Stuart sovereigns and of others published under authority, 1485-1714. Crawford-style notation: last word of the first line of text is "are"; first word in the indented line below the initial is "any"; the last word of the last full line of text is "per-".
  • Any document formatted like proclamations (woodcut coat of arms at head, an initial with a woodcut factotum beginning the text) can be described with Crawford-style notation. It is a good idea to add it as a matter of course, given the growing number of previously-unrecorded editions of this type of material.

Genre terms

655 7 Proclamations. ǂ2 rbgenr

If the proclamation was issued by or with the advice of the Privy Council, add also

655 7 Orders in council. ǂ2 rbgenr

Examples

Acts of Parliament

Compilations

  • Example
240 10 Public general acts. 1731. 4 Geo.II
  • For collections of acts of the English and British Parliament and other enacted laws that are complete within a chronological period, use the collective uniform title with the inclusive years. Example:
240 10 Public general acts. 1685-1707
  • For selected collections of acts, &c., add the form term "Selections" at the end.
240 10 Public general acts. 1742. ǂk Selections

Individual acts

  • Use the collective uniform title with the short citation and the chapter number. Example:
240 10 Public general acts. 1731. 4 Geo.II.c.6

Individual ordinances and acts during the Interregnum (1642-1660)

Parliament used "ordinance" until 1653 and "act" after that. For purposes of consistency, use "Ordinances" with the inverted date for all legislation enacted by Parliament during the Interregnum

240 10 Ordinances. 1651-02-04.

Year books

Year books are the law reports of medieval England. Written in Law French (language code roa), they were reprinted through the end of the 17th century.

Example records

Miscellaneous documents

Use "Miscellaneous documents" with inverted 8-digit year for official documents for which no other uniform title is appropriate. Example

110 10 England and Wales. ǂb Sovereign (1625-1649 : Charles I) 
240 10 Miscellaneous documents. 1642-06-16
245 10 His Majesties declaration to all his loving subjects, occasioned by a false and scandalous imputation laid upon His Majesty of an intention of raising or leavying war against his Parliament, and of having raised force to that end ... 

Genre/form

  • Add appropriate genre term: Laws, Legal documents, Legal instruments, Legislative proceedings.

Other government documents

For Scottish laws and other kinds of documents (e.g., bills, parliamentary papers, speeches, treaties), consult the head of cataloging.

External links