"Inaccessible Domain Materials"—A Cataloging Standard

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Knowing a wealth of materials in their library collections remained uncataloged and unknown to researchers, in the mid-1990s the RLG Art & Architecture Group appointed a working group to explore what could be done to improve access to such "inaccessible domain" materials. Based on a review of similar efforts, the "InDoMat" Working Group proposed a new bibliographic standard to help libraries catalog aggregations of unique research materials comprising art catalogs, clippings, visual resources, architectural records, and documents.

The recommendation went to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging—a cooperative effort of the Library of Congress and participants around the world to increase access to library collections through timely, cost-effective cataloging that meets agreed-on standards. In 1999-2000, with input from the ARLIS/NA Cataloging Advisory Committee, the PCC's Standing Committee on Standards adapted our members’ definition as the PCC BIBCO Core Bibliographic Record for Collections.