Because our work is progressing so swiftly and efficiently on our French pamphlet collections, we have begun to catalog two additional collections at the Newberry, which up to this point had only been cataloged at the collection level. The special strengths and backgrounds that our project team members bring to the table have allowed us both to maximize the efficiency of the project while maintaining an exceptional level of quality in our catalog records and to begin to process additional collections of scholarly importance that match their skill sets.
As both Jennifer D. and Shawn mentioned in previous posts below, they have begun to catalog the Howard Mayer Brown Libretto Collection (BLC), a collection comprised mostly of Italian and French opera libretti from the 16th to the 20th centuries bequeathed to the Newberry in 1993 by noted musicologist Howard Mayer Brown. As musicologists, they are the ideal candidates to catalog this collection, which complements the Newberry’s large music collections. Just as with the French Revolution Collection (FRC) and the Saint-Sulpice Collection, Shawn and Jennifer submit their cataloging work for a peer review. For BLC, however, they submit their work to each other rather than to other members of the project team. Because of their music knowledge, they are very familiar with helpful bibliographies and other reference sources and are able to bounce ideas off each other.
The other collection that we recently added to our project is the Pamfletten-Verzameling, a collection of 1,600 primarily Dutch pamphlets published between 1574 and 1849 and bound into 45 volumes. Most deal with the history of the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, and Scandinavia, and especially with the relations between the Netherlands and England in the 17th and 18th centuries. The pamphlets published during the late 18th century in particular are an essential complement to the French Revolutionary pamphlets in FRC. Many of these pamphlets–such as the example pictured here, whose title translates in English to Europe Before the Bar of Justice, or, The Triumph of France –were published in French or espoused many of the revolutionary political ideas of the French Revolution. This collection highlights the interconnectedness of all of European politics through many turbulent centuries.
David is the primary cataloger for this collection. His facility with languages and adeptness at cataloging “bound-with” volumes are valuable assets. He honed his skills cataloging bound-withs–volumes in which two or more separately published items have been bound together–with his fine work on cataloging the Saint-Sulpice Collection and assisting with other cataloging projects. David’s work on collections of cartographic and travel materials have exposed him to plenty of publications in Dutch and German. In order to ease into the Dutch language, he is cataloging this collection starting with the most recent publications and working back to the earliest. In this way, he can avoid dealing with difficult Gothic typefaces present on older pamphlets until he has grown more accustomed to the Dutch language.
Stay tuned for more project management insights, cataloging banter, and new discoveries from all of our pamphlet collections.