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Cutter Numbers for Literature

Cutter Three Figure Author Table

Use this table as the basis for assigning book numbers for all newly established authors:

  1. Use one letter for consonants (except S).
  2. Use two letters for all vowels and S (except SC).
  3. Use three letters for SC.

N.B. When the entry begins with initials, use the cutter number for the complete initialism, not just the first letter, and not for the word for which the first letter stands (i.e. for NAM Digest, cutter from "NAM," not from N, and not from National.

Create and maintain uniqueness for an author within a specific class number via a single cutter number for that author. For all newly established headings, use the complete number as given in the table. For a previously established author, a shorter or expanded cutter number may have already been used/established in that specific class number for that same author. Always continue to use a previously established cutter number for an author in order to provide consistency within the catalog.

Cutter Lines for Literature

"Regular" two line (author cutter on second line):

  1. American
  2. English
  3. Scandinavian
  4. Other Germanic
  5. South/Latin American
  6. Iranian/Persian
  7. Celtic/Gaelic
  8. Afro-Asiatic

Two line (author cutter first line; book # scheme second line):

  1. German
  2. Romance literatures

Three line (author cutter second line; book # scheme third line):

  1. "Literatures of other languages"
  2. Modern Indic
  3. Slavic

N.B. If a work deals with both 810's and 820's, class with 820's (also: Canada with 810's; New Zealand with 820's).

Cutter Simplification

18 October 1994

To: OCLC Cataloging Staff

From: Rhoda R. Engel

Re:Cutter Simplification

One item on Monday's Cataloging Policy Advisory Committee agenda was simplification of Cutter numbers. This concerned (1) the use of the Cutter-Sanborn table in the UIUC literature scheme for authors whose names begin with S and (2) the use of the arbitrary 1 following the work mark for an autobiography. In both cases, the decision was to discontinue the exceptional practice.

Starting immediately:

  1. For literary works classed according to the UIDC local scheme, use the Cutter 3-Figure Table to assign author numbers for names beginning with S. Use the S plus vowel and Sc plus third letter as with Cutter numbers in other areas. Apply this to those persons new to the catalog. Continue to use established numbers for persons already represented in the catalog.
  2. For autobiographies, follow the sane practice as for biographies. Assign a Cutter number for the subject followed by a work mark for the author. The only difference is that in the case of an autobiography the work mark is the same as the initial Cutter letter. For a subsequent biography by the same author or for a second autobiography by an individual, add a ? to the work mark (a 3 for a third one etc.)

Editing K, M, or 7 Level Literature Copy

  1. Check cataloging for completeness and accuracy. Make any changes and/or additions necessary to create a complete record. The descriptive cataloging should match the cataloging rules as indicated in the fixed field Desc code. The cataloging may be upgraded to AACR2, but does not have to be when the Desc code is other than a.
  2. Check all codes in the fixed field. Add or change any as necessary to match the descriptive cataloging. Change Enc Ivl to I and circle the I to call inputter's attention to the fact that the record is to be upgraded in OCLC.
  3. Add 010, 020, and 041 fields as necessary.
  4. If the cataloging is AACR2, make sure a 24O field is present in appropriate records.
  5. Add subject entries, added entries, and series entries as necessary.