Genre and form

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Genre/form terms in catalog records describe what an item is (or contains), not what it is about. Genre corresponds roughly to the content of what is being described: for example, almanacs, depositions, plays, and poems. Form corresponds with format or other physical is defined as a characteristic of works with particular formats and/or physical characteristics: for example, embroidered bindings, imposition errors, manicules, sammelbands. This Hamnet record for two copies of a 1635 edition of Sternhold and Hopkins Whole booke of Psalmes includes the genre term Psalters and the form term Embroidered bindings (Binding).

Brief history of genre/form in library catalog records

History of genre and form use at the Folger

List of common genre and form terms in Hamnet