Provenance records in the CERL Thesaurus and in Material Evidence in Incunabula
|Keywords||book provenance research – CERL – Consortium of European Research Libraries – MARC 21 – history of libraries – cataloguing – early prints – incunabulas – old prints – CERL Thesaurus – Material Evidence in Incunabula – Heritage of the Printed Book – HPB|
|Citation||DONDI, Cristina. Provenance records in the CERL Thesaurus and in Material Evidence in Incunabula . Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2013, 58(3-4), 15-19. ISSN 0036-5351. Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/amnphl/58-3-4/provenance-records-in-the-cerl-thesaurus-and-in-material-evidence-in-incunabula|
The integration and retrieval of records containing provenance information is at the core of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)'s mission: provenance records can now be retrieved, when present, in the Heritage of the Printed Book database (HPB), in the CERL Portal (CP), in the CERL Thesaurus (CT), in Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI), in Paul Needham's Index Possessorum Incunabulorum (IPI), in Margaret Ford's English Book Owners in Britain (EBOB); help relating to provenance investigation can be sought at Can You Help?, provenance resources on the web can be found in the CERL website according to geographical area. Finally provenance issues, including the preparation of a comparative table of standards of provenance description adopted in Europe, are being discussed and prepared by the CERL Provenance and Standards for the description of provenance Working Group, chaired by Marieke van Delft, The Hague Royal Library. This paper concentrates in particular on two integrated tools: the CERL Thesaurus and Material Evidence in Incunabula. The CT integrates Provenance authority files created by individual institutions and indexes of provenance from various publications. MEI offers a central repository for the copy-specific data on incunabula either not yet described (the majority) or described in scattered printed or electronic catalogues. MEI is linked to the Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue (=ISTC) of the British Library, from which it derives the bibliographic records, it accommodates the description of any aspect of the material evidence of incunabula, and retrieves it for sophisticated integrated searches, therefore significantly expanding the use of these resources, and of the data generated about them, as historical evidence.