Material Anomalies

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Basic guidelines for what should be captured

  • Has letters, numbers, or drawings -- YES
  • Blank -- NO
  • IN DOUBT? See the list below

Should this kind of manuscript page be captured?

Paper

  • Holes in page -- YES (make sure the regular black or white capture bed is seen through the hole; if in book, place black or white paper underneath)
  • Portions of paper missing -- YES (if part of an item with similar size pages, crop to that page size to maintain consistency)
  • Otherwise blank page
    • with smudge -- NO
    • with inked fingerprint -- YES
    • with ink transfer from adjacent page -- NO (unless adjacent page is missing)
    • of pre-printed letterhead -- NO (unless pre-printed text/art is unique)
    • with a single letter or number -- YES
    • with arithmetic -- YES
    • with hand written page number -- NO
  • in plastic sleeve -- YES (and leave the sleeve on!)

Envelopes

  • Fronts with address or other text -- YES
  • Blank front -- NO
  • Back with postal date stamp or postage cancellation -- YES
  • Blank back -- NO
  • Used as a piece of paper, with text or drawings -- YES

Bound Items

In general, follow the rules for Paper. These are guidelines for things that apply to bound items only.

  • "Blank" front or back cover -- YES
  • Interleaved material (inserted between pages or clipped to a page) -- YES

Newspaper Clippings

  • Fronts -- YES
  • Backs -- NO

Other Manuscript Materials

If it's in the metadata as an item (or as part of an item), capture it, following the rules for Paper.

Should this part of a photo be captured?

  • Backs -- NO (even if there is writing on it, as that should be included in the metadata already)

No guideline yet?

  • Try to match the outcomes of current policies and procedures
  • Look at similar anomaly rules, which set a precedence
  • With extraneous markings on materials, consider whether they are unique or interesting enough to capture
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