Adventures in Copy Cataloging

With Alaska so much in the news it was interesting to discover this recently acquired item in the cataloging queue.

Since there was cataloging copy at hand (eight other institutions already hold this item), it seemed straightforward enough a task. Clean up the ISBD punctuation, add local note about inscription, etc. — believe me, I know the drill.

What interested me most, however, was the whole question of what the purpose of this pamphlet had been anyway?  It seemed awfully like those promotional pamphlets put out by transportation companies, but since there is no tangible evidence of that objective, I probably should not assign either “Place marketing” or “Place marketing literature” as a topical or genre access point to this record.  Too bad.  I love it when the LC subject headings actually describe something accurately — sort of.  But it seems likely that Mr. Davis may have been more interested in promoting the sale of his photographs, than in Alaska boosterism, per se.

Image credit: Scan of front cover of Here and there in Southeastern Alaska


Pacific Northwest Historians Guild Call for Presentations

The Pacific Northwest Historians Guild has issued a call for papers and presentations for its 24th annual conference to be held on March 7, 2009 at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. The theme of this year’s conference is the centennial of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Submissions are due by October 15, 2008. You can go here for the full announcement.

About the Current Banner

I confess. The current image on this blog’s banner is not technically from the Pacific Northwest Collection, but it does come from the Special Collections Division. It is part of a digitized image of the cover of a souvenir menu celebrating the 1940 golden anniversary of the legendary Seattle department store, Frederick & Nelson. That store, alas, closed its doors for good in 1992 (although the downtown Seattle building remains as the Nordstrom flagship location), but its memories linger on in the Special Collections Division.

You can can find this particular menu and 739 other ones in the Historical Menu Collection (PH Coll 617) by perusing the online finding aid. A limited selection of images of other menus from this collection also is available through the Special Collections portion of the UW Libraries Digital Collections site.

In a perfect world, you also would find a corresponding record for the collection in the libraries’ online catalog, but there’s another one to add to the cataloger’s to-do list.

Image credit:  Cover from Frederick & Nelson Golden Anniversary Menu, Historial Menu Collection, PH Coll 617