Committee Files, 1923-1975, 1979-2004
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Brief Description:

Files of Cataloging and Classification Section committees and subcommittees, contains correspondence, reports and related material on projects and activities, committees include the Board on Personnel Administration and committees on Cataloging and Classification, Descriptive Cataloging, Dewey Decimal Classification, Editorial Policy, Filing Rules, Policy and Research (1982-1992), Regional Groups, Relations with ALA and the Journal of Cataloging and Classification, Subject Analysis and Organization of Library Materials (1970-98), the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) (1979-94), and the Joint Steering Committee on AACR2 (1988-94), includes Gordon & Breach vs. Barschall litigation (1989-90).

Note: As of July 1, 2011, the Cataloging and Classification Section is known as the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section.

Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 31/11/2
Created by: Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS), Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
Volume: 25.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 04/26/1974. 9/15/1978, 8/26/1997, 08/20/2004, 07/27/2011, 12/6/2013, 1/24/2018
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Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by committee name and alphabetically by subject title or chronologically thereunder
Biographical Note for Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) : The ALA Council created the Catalog Section in 1900 (1); one of its early projects in cooperative cataloging was a precursor of the LC printed-card service (2). Regional meetings, first held in 1923 produced a number of affiliated regional groups whose interests were eventually represented by a standing committee within the section (3). In 1940 the Catalog Section became the Division of Cataloging and Classification, with responsibility for arranging programs to interest catalogers, classifiers, and bibliographers in libraries of various sizes and types, and with the goals of maintaining and improving standards in classification and cataloging as well as giving impetus to the discussion and study of cataloging and related problems in its affiliated regional groups (4). With the reorganization of ALA of January 1, 1957, the division became one section of the newly-formed Resources and Technical Services Division (5), and the regional groups were subsumed under the Council of Regional Groups, representing all areas of interest in the RSTD (6). CC's purpose is "To contribute to library service and librarianship through encouragement, promotion of, and responsibility for those activities of the Resources and Technical Services Division of the American Library Association relating to the cataloging and classification of library materials in all types of institutions" (7).
Subject Index
Anglo American Cataloging Rules
Board on Personnel Committee Administration
Cataloging and Classification Committee
Cataloging and Classification Section
Description and Access Committee, Cataloging and Classification
Descriptive Cataloging Committee
Dewey Decimal Classification Committee
Editorial Policy Committee
Filing Rules Committee
Journal of Cataloging and Classification
Publications Committee
Regional Groups Committee
Relations With ALA Committee
Languages of Materials
English [eng]