BRITISH TRACTS
(Approved for use March 2001)

Scope |  Size |  Marking |  Classification |  Subjects

Scope
The British Tracts collection consists of pamphlets published in Great Britain as well as pamphlets about Great Britain published elsewhere. Do not class here pamphlets that are purely literary. Tracts are generally works of 100 pages or less, bound or unbound; however, the limitation of 100 pages is not rigid. Pamphlets elsewhere will not be reclassed unless handled for other reasons. The general cataloging policies for monographs are followed.

Size
The size boundaries are:

Octavo:
up to 26 cm. high
up to 21 cm. wide
Quarto:
between 26 and 38 cm. high
between 21 and 25 cm. wide
Larger tracts are classed either in the Year/Number collection or in broadsides.

Marking
The following guidelines are used when marking volumes for British Tracts.

  1. Mark on Yale bookplate when there is one, generally in the upper left corner.
  2. Mark on front cover, lower left hand corner, if in preservation wrappers.
  3. Mark on verso of last page, lower right hand corner, when 1 or 2 don't apply. The lower left hand corner is the alternate location when the lower right hand corner is unusable.
  4. If the last page is unmarkable (e.g. too dark or shiny or filled with text or illustrations), mark the verso of the first usable page from the end.
  5. Mark the call number horizontally in the upper right corner of the folder.
NOTE: Do not mark call number on original wrappers.

Classification

ARBITRARY SCHEME FOR OFFICIAL ENTRIES UNDER GREAT BRITAIN OR ENGLAND AND WALES
[No subheading] A11-A12
Army A13-A19
Commission A21-A23
Committee A24-A26
Council A27-A28
High Court A29
Laws, statutes (arranged by first word of title not an article) 
A A31-A35
B-N A36-A37
O A38
P-Z A39
Parliament (includes Parliamentary Committees; arranged by first word of title not an article; )
A-H A41-A45
I-Z A51-A59
Parliament. House of Commons A61-A66
Parliament. House of Lords A67-A68
Privy Council A69
Sovereign - A-H (first word of title not an article begins A-H) A71-A79
Sovereign - I-Z (first word of title not an article begins I-Z) A81-A89
Treaties A91-A99

Examples

Abbot, George. Cheap-side Crosse censured and condemned ... , 1641.
 

British 
Tracts
Pamphlet published in or about Great Britain
1641 Full imprint date
Ab22 Cutter number based on main entry

England and Wales. Army. Collections of letters from several parts, concerning the affaires of the armies in England and Ireland, 1649.
 

British 
Tracts
Pamphlet published in or about Great Britain
1649 Full imprint date
A13 Cutter number for Army from arbitrary scheme for official publications 

An essay on the nature of oaths, and judicial evidence, [17--?]
 
British 
Tracts
Pamphlet published in or about Great Britain
17-- Date as it appears in ‡c, dropping brackets and question mark
Es7 Cutter number based on main entry

Oversize example (housed in legal-size folder):

An exact relation of the grand ceremony of the marriage of Charles the II. ... 1679.

 
British
Tracts
Pamphlets published in or about the Great Britain
1679 Full imprint date
+Ex23 "+" sign for oversize and Cutter number based on main entry

Subjects

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