Historical Cataloging Notes
Although important U.S. depository publications destined for the main collection are fully cataloged, in the past, items that would be shelved in the documents collection were give only minimal-level cataloging. These items received Sudoc numbers, but other descriptive information—like series titles, added entries, subject headings--was kept to a minimum.
In early 1993, as a stop-gap measure and to provide better access to depository publications, the library developed a generic record for the titles. The main entry was the issuing agency. A cataloger-created title—“Publications”—became the main title, and alternative titles (246s) provided other common terms to search (e.g.: hearings, reports, papers, and such). The Sudoc stem was used as the call number.
With the arrival of Marcive cataloging for depository materials, most of these generic records were removed from the catalog. If one pops up, this note will explain its brief history.