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555  Cumulative Index/Finding Aids Note (R)

Record Type


Input Standards

Field (Full/Minimal)
Required if applicable/Optional
1st Indicator  Display constant controller
blank character Indexes
0 Finding aids
8 No display constant generated
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards (Full/Minimal)
ǂa Cumulative index/finding aids note (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂb Availability source (R) Optional/Optional
ǂc Degree of control (NR) Optional/Optional
ǂd Bibliographic references (NR) Optional/Optional
ǂu Uniform Resource Identifier (R) Optional/Optional
ǂ3 Materials specified (NR) Optional/Optional
ǂ6 Linkage (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂ7 Data provenance (R) Optional/Optional
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number (R) Optional/Optional


A note identifying the availability of cumulative indexes and/or finding aids whose only or major focus is the described material.

Use field 510 to record the existence of abstracting and indexing services for an item.

For information on punctuation, see the Punctuation section below.

Archival materials & VIS

For archival materials and visual materials, use for information identifying administrative and intellectual controls over the described materials and indicating the degree of control each provides. This usually implies finding aids and similar control materials.


For serials, use for a statement of volumes and/or dates covered by the cumulative indexes of an item and a statement of location of these indexes. Indexes may be issued as part of an issue of the serial or issued separately.

1st Indicator

Display constant controller. A value that controls the generation of the display constant preceding the note.

blank character

Indexes. The value that generates the display constant Indexes:.

555     Volumes 1 (1917)-10 (1944) in volume 11, number 1

Finding aids. The value that generates the display constant Finding aids:.

555 0   ǂ3 Inventory ǂb available in library; ǂc folder level control

No display constant generated. The value that specifies that a display constant is not generated.

555 8   Cards are filed in the Biographical Index in the Reading Room

2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank.

blank character



ǂa Cumulative index/finding aids note

A statement of the index or finding aid. For indexes, use subfield ǂa for either a formal or an informal note.

555     Volumes 1 (1931)-44 (1975) (Includes index to: Reckless Ralph's dime novel round-up). 1 volume
555     Volumes 1-25, 1927-1951, in volume 26
555 0   Description available in the Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
555 8   Index for volumes 1-7, March 1931-June 1935, with volume 7
555 8   Original caption cards, arranged by photonegative number, are available in the Reading Room
555 8   Finding aid (available in LC Prints and Photographs Reading Room) includes an item listing of each photograph with a caption and date, a description of each furniture project, and an index
ǂb Availability source

The agency or vendor from which the item may be acquired.

555 0   ǂ3 Claims settled under Treaty of Washington, May 8, 1871 ǂa Preliminary inventory was prepared in 1962; ǂb Available in NARS Central Search Room; ǂb NARS Publications Sales Branch; ǂd Ulibarri, George S., compiler. Preliminary inventory of records relating to Civil War claims, United States and Great Britain. PI135 NARS 1962
ǂc Degree of control

The extent of the administrative, bibliographic, or physical control that the finding aids have over the described materials.

555 0   Card files (approximately 187,000 cards and 5,339 rolls of microfilm); ǂc Item level control
555 0   Finding aid available in library; ǂc Item level and folder level control
ǂd Bibliographic references

A citation to a published or unpublished index or finding aid to the described materials when it is not cataloged with the item.

555 0   ǂd Flipwinkle, James, compiler. Concordance to the Jerome Manuscript. Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1946
555 8   Unpublished finding aid; ǂd see also: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. The manuscript inventories and the catalogs of manuscripts, books, and periodicals. Boston, Massachusetts : G.K. Hall, 1984. 10 volumes
555 8   Unpublished finding aid; ǂd most Schlesinger Library finding aids are also available in: National inventory of documentary sources in the United States. Teaneck, New Jersey : Chadwyck-Healey, 1983-
ǂu Uniform Resource Identifier

For information about subfield ǂu, see Control Subfields. Repeat subfield if digital object has multiple identifiers (URIs).

555 8   Finding aid available in the Manuscript Reading Room and on Internet. ǂu http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms996001
555 8   Finding aid (work): ǂu http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms996001
ǂ3 Materials specified

For information about subfield ǂ3, see Control Subfields.

555 0   ǂ3 Finding aid ǂb Available in repository and on Internet; ǂc Folder level control;ǂu http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/f/findaid/findaid-idx?type=simple;c=ascead;view=text;subview=outline;didno=US-PPiU-ais196815
ǂ6 Linkage

Data that link fields when non-Latin script is entered. This subfield is system supplied and does not appear in OCLC online displays. Do not manually add subfield ǂ6. For more information about subfield ǂ6, see Control Subfields.

ǂ7 Data provenance

For information about subfield ǂ7, see Control Subfields.

ǂ8 Field link and sequence number

For information about subfield ǂ8, see Control Subfields.


For records containing punctuation, follow these instructions:

  • Optionally, follow an initial subfield ǂ3 by a colon-space or a space-colon-space if following an open date
  • Precede subfields ǂb, ǂc, and ǂd by a semicolon-space unless the subfield occurs as the initial subfield or is preceded by subfield ǂ3
  • Precede ǂu by a period-space or semicolon-space
  • Include incidental punctuation needed within any subfields, e.g., commas, periods (following abbreviations or initials), etc.
  • Optionally, add a terminal period at the end of the field unless the last subfield is subfield ǂu or ends with an ellipsis or period (following an abbreviation or initial)
555 0   Finding aid available in library; ǂc Item level and folder level control.

For records containing minimal or no punctuation, include incidental punctuation needed within any subfields. Otherwise, omit the punctuation outlined above.

555 0
  Finding aid available in library ǂc Item level and folder level control

For more information on punctuation, including OCLC policy, see section 2.8, Punctuation.


Field 555 is not indexed.


For more information, including content designator history, see MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data, field 555.

This page last revised: December 22, 2022