Cataloging British and Irish government documents
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.
- England: 927-1536
- England and Wales: 1536-1707
- Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales): 1707-
- Scotland: -1707
- Ireland: -1801
Official announcements given by the sovereign 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)
- Uniform title "Proclamations" followed by the full, inverted date of the proclamation. For example:
240 10 Proclamations. 1553-07-19
- 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
- Note that the ESTC refers to this bibliography as "Steele."
- Add the Crawford notation. Example:
500 Crawford notation: Arms 10 Scotland mother Raigne.
- If the item is not in Crawford, give the notation, preface it "Crawford-style notation:" and add the full citation to the bibliography. Example:
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: Arms 24 are any per-
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
Acts of Parliament
- Use the name valid for the government at the time the document was issued. Enacted laws are entered under the name of the political jurisdiction, not of Parliament. There are three types of acts: public general acts, local acts, and private acts. The uniform title "Public general acts" is appropriate for the majority of enacted legislation in the Folger collection.
- For collections of acts and other enacted laws corresponding to a particular session of Parliament, use the collective uniform title followed by a short citation, formulated by a combination of the calendar year of enactment, the reigning monarch's regnal year. The citation forms can be found here:
- List of Acts of the Parliament of England to 1483
- List of Acts of the Parliament of England, 1485–1601
- List of Acts of the Parliament of England, 1603–1641
- List of Ordinances and Acts of the Parliament of England, 1642–1660
- List of Acts of the Parliament of England, 1660–99
- List of Acts of the Parliament of England, 1700–1706
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
- 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
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 ...
- 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.
- Acts of Parliament (Wikipedia)
- Public General Acts (Leeds University)
- Year books (Boston University)
- British Sessions of Parliament (source unknown)
- British and Irish Government Documents (ESTC cataloging rules)