Special Collections Web Resources

The following Internet sites and publications may be useful to librarians, scholars, and archivists. They have been selected on the basis of content, perceived usefulness, and currency of information. Within each category, the sites are arranged alphabetically by the title of the resource. Some items may be listed more than once, depending on the topics covered in the site.

This page was initially developed at the University of Houston by Andrea Bean Hough, where it was subsequently maintained by Julie Grob until July 2002. Requests for changes or additions should now be addressed to the RBMS Webmaster (editor@rbms.info).

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Associations and Organizations Book Dealers
Electronic Discussions and Listservs Electronic Records and Digitization Information
Institutes, Agencies, and Commissions Library Exhibits on the Web (Smithsonian Institution Libraries)
Newsletters and E-Journals Preservation Resources
Reference Materials and Indices  

Associations and Organizations

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Book Dealers

These sites are provided as a service to patrons who wish to locate antiquarian or out-of-print books. A listing here does not imply an endorsement of any kind for the business.

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America
This site has information and catalogs from a number of rare book dealers, and is searchable.
Advanced Book Exchange
This site provides searching capabilities for 13 million out-of-print book titles from a number of book dealers.
Alibris
This is a searchable site for used, rare and hard-to-find books.
Bibliofind
Bibliofind has combined with Amazon.com to provide millions of rare, used, and out-of-print books.
Bibliopoly
This site aims to be the world's premier site for early and rare books from leading international dealers, covering 250 subject categories, a date-range field, and extensive multi-lingual dictionaries of author and place names. Users may search in five languages.
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
This is the site of an organization that encompasses national associations of antiquarian booksellers around the world.
Schmidt Periodicals
Periodicals dealers who supply reprints, backsets, back volumes, and back issues of out-of-print periodicals and journals.

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Electronic Discussion Lists

Archives and Archivists List (Miami Univ.)
Information on joining Archives and Archivists, a discussion list for archivists and professionals from related fields.
CONSDIST (Stanford Univ.)
Information on joining CONSDIST, and archives for the list. This interdisciplinary discussion list is open to conservators, curators, librarians, archivists, and others involved in the preservation of cultural property.
DIGLIB (IFLA)
Information on joining this discussion list about the creation of "digital libraries" for librarians, information scientists, and other information professionals. Archives for the list are also available.
Encoded Archival Description Electronic List (Library of Congress)
Information on subscribing to the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Discussion List, plus an archive of messages.
ExLibris (Berkeley)
Information on subscribing to ExLibris, a discussion list for special collections librarians and those interested in rare books, special collections, and manuscripts. Archives for the listserv are available as well.
IMAGELIB (Univ. of Arizona)
Information on joining IMAGELIB, a discussion list about image databases, and archives for the list.
RBMS Discussion List (Berkeley)
A list devoted to matters concerning the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Libraries Association (ALA). Open to anyone who wishes to join.

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Electronic Records and Digitization Information

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
Electronic Access Project (National Archives and Records Administration)
Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Official Web Site
The Library of Congress maintains this site about the EAD Document Type Definition (DTD), a standard for encoding archival finding aids using the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML).
EAD Help Pages
This site is maintained by the EAD Round Table of the Society of American Archivists.
Introduction to Imaging: Issues in Constructing an Image Database (Howard Besser and Jennifer Trant, Getty Information Institute)
Library of Congress Digital Library Initiatives
 
The Long-Term Preservation of Authentic Electronic Records (InterPARES)

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Institutes, Agencies, and Commissions

 
Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions
Center for the Book (Univ. of Iowa)
Council on Library and Information Resources
Idaho Center for the Book
Institute of Paper Science and Technology
This site includes information about the Institute, as well as a link to the American Museum of Papermaking.
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Historical Publications and Records Commission (National Archives)
Rare Book School (Univ. of Virginia)

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Newsletters and E-Journals

Abbey Newsletter (Stanford Univ.)
Archival Products News
CLIR Issues
NAGARA Clearinghouse
Preservation and Access International Newsletter (CLIR)
RLG DigiNews
Studies in Bibliography (Univ. of Virginia)

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Preservation Resources

AMIGOS Imaging and Preservation Services (AMIGOS)
Bookbinding Tutorial (Univ. of Iowa)
A tutorial on bookbinding, to be used in saving the content of older paperbacks whose pages have become brittle.
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
Conservation OnLine (Stanford Univ.)
This site includes links to Internet resources on a variety of conservation and preservation topics.
 
Northeast Document Conservation Center
PADI: Preserving Access to Digital Information
Preservation Leaflets (SOLINET)
Preservation Resources (OCLC)
Preservation Resources, a division of OCLC, is a nonprofit organization which works on reformatting materials for preservation.
Simple Book Repair Manual (Dartmouth College)

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Reference Materials and Indices

Reference Materials

Archivists' Daybook (Tulane Univ.)
An online calendar of events, conferences, and deadlines in the archival community.
Latin Place Names File (RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee and Brigham Young Univ.)
LC Thesaurus for Graphic Material (Library of Congress)
Opposing Copyright Extension (Arizona State University)
This site is a forum for information on Congress's recent extension of the term of copyright protection.
Reference at Your Desk (National Archives Library)
Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts (National Library of Australia)
Resources for the Rare Materials Cataloger (Univ. of Pennsylvania and RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee)
RLIN AMC File (Library of Congress)
This page provides instructions for searching RLIN AMC, which provides descriptions of collections of archival and manuscript materials.
Sheet Music Cataloging Guidelines (Duke Univ.)
Using Manuscripts and Archives: A Tutorial (Yale Univ.)
WATCH File (Univ. of Texas, Austin)
The University of Texas, Austin and the University of Reading in England are working together to provide information on copyright holders of primary source materials. This is a good place to check to see whom you must contact for permission to publish materials from various people.

Indices to Related Materials

Canadian Archival Resources on the Internet
NUCMC (Library of Congress)
In addition to information about the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, there are links to related sites on a variety of topics.
The Book Arts Web
Ready, Net, Go! Internet Resources for Archivists (Tulane Univ.)

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