Mechanics of Writing
Today in History
- 9. Glossary
6.7 Scope and Content Note
This framework element is mandatory.
The Scope and Content Note is the single most important element of the
collection framework. Since it appears on the home page, it is often the
only piece of the framework seen by users of American Memory collections
and it provides a vital means of attracting users to the collection. It is
used verbatim in the American Memory brochure distributed to NDLP guests
and visitors and is the framework element most likely to be quoted as part
of other descriptions of the collection, such as press releases or Web
Scope and Content briefly describes the collection's content. It is
probably best to open with a sentence that highlights the most interesting
aspects of the collection, but any of the elements listed below can come
first if that is most appropriate for the collection at hand. Further
details of the overview presented in the Scope and Content Note can be
elaborated in About the Collection.
Content elements (used as appropriate for the collection):
- Types of items available:
- California Gold specifies "sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California."
- An American Time Capsule includes "a variety of posters, notices, advertisements, proclamations, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, and business cards."
- Examples of topics or subjects included in the collection (may be hyperlinked):
- Baseball Cards states that "The cards show such legendary figures as
Ty Cobb stealing third base for Detroit,
Tris Speaker batting for Boston, and pitcher
Cy Young posing formally in his Cleveland uniform."
- LC Collection of origin.
- California Gold states that "The WPA California Folk Music Project is a multiformat ethnographic field collection" and lists types of material.
- Quantities of materials included in the online presentation. These will be estimated in various ways depending on the medium. The nature of the digitized materials should determine how digital or Library items are quantified.
- Relevant dates or date range.
- A Century of Lawmaking gives dates that pertain both to the complete collection and to materials currently online.
- Geographic areas covered (if relevant):
- An American Time Capsule notes that "This preview of the digitized Printed Ephemera Collection presents fifty items from fourteen American states, the District of Columbia, and London, England."
- Future collection update plans, if any:
- Built in America explains, "This first release adds digital images to the searchable online catalog records, including images of the pages of written histories for all HAER surveys and about 25% of HABS surveys, 17% of the HAER survey photographs and a small sampling of the HABS and HAER measured drawings. Additional digital images will be added monthly."
- Acknowledgement of donor support according to donor's preference (coordinate with Development Office for the appropriate acknowledgment).
- Appears below links to search and browse pages;
- Should be one paragraph (200 word maximum) of several sentences.