I’m so excited to see artist files recently appear as a Library of Congress genre and form heading. I think it does a nice job of pulling together authoritative sources to help define artist files. I particuarly like the succinct scope note, which does not attempt to supply an exhaustive list of formats that might be in an artist file (which I think is impossible!).

Thank you Sherman Clarke and the ARLIS/NA LC GFT Working Group/Cataloging Advisory Committee for facilitating this record. Please discuss!


Thirty-three SIG members met at the New York Public Library Picture Collection reading room to discuss a number of topics. One of the outcomes of the meeting was approval of an updated mission statement, which now has been updated on artistfiles.arlisna.org. The SIG thanks Vinny Rutigliano for presenting on the NYPL artist files collection. … READ FULL POST