RBMS Controlled Vocabularies

Controlled Vocabularies for Use in Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloging

Welcome to the Controlled Vocabularies for Use in Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloging, developed and maintained by the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (ACRL/ALA). These thesauri provide standardized vocabulary for retrieving special collections materials by form, genre, or by various physical characteristics that are typically of interest to researchers and special collections librarians, and for relating materials to individuals or corporate bodies.

For information about the scope, application, and historical development of a thesaurus, please consult the digitized introductions to each text. All terms from the original print versions, as well as additions and changes since publication, are integrated into the databases below. We appreciate your patience as we improve the design and functionality of these databases, and welcome your comments.

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The Controlled Vocabularies Editorial Group is pleased to announce the release of the Vocabularies in the following linked-data friendly formats:

Recent data dumps are available for download at our GitHub site https://github.com/rbmsvocabs. We welcome your feedback, use stories and questions! Please contact the Controlled Vocabularies editors at the below link.

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Last updated: June 21, 2016