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Genre
Genre term Scope note
Advertisements
  • An item printed solely as a means of advertising a product or service, but not an event (i.e., not to be used for performance-related flyers or posters such as theatre bills).
Albums

Use for: Photograph albums, Scrapbooks, Autograph albums

  • Bound or loose-leaf sets of pages. Includes handmade albums and published volumes of blank pages designed for the addition of images or keepsakes.
Blank forms

Use for: Templates

  • Forms that have been printed blank, which may or may not have been filled in; the document was typically meant to be returned to the publisher (e.g., subscription lists, petitions).
Books
  • Published non-periodical volumes in bound codex form, usually with 49 or more pages.
Broadsides
  • Single-sheet notices or announcements printed on one or both sides, intended to be read unfolded.
Catalogs
  • Enumerations of items arranged systematically with descriptive details. May have prices.
Clippings

Use for: Newspaper clippings; Cuttings

  • Objects with physical evidence suggesting extraction from a larger entity (e.g., books, newspapers).
Conference materials
  • Ephemeral materials such as flyers, program books, daily newsletters, or newspapers that are distributed at conferences. For published records of conferences, including abstracts, reports, and the papers presented, see [Conference papers and proceedings.]
Contracts

Use for: Agreements; Covenants, Collective agreements; Deeds

Correspondence
  • Communication by the exchange of letters.
Course materials
  • Handouts and other ephemeral materials used in coursework.
Court decisions and opinions

Use for: Court rulings; Legal opinions; Judgments

Databases

Use for: Data banks

  • Structured sets of data held in computer storage, especially those that incorporate software to make them accessible in a variety of ways.
Diaries

Use for: Daybooks; Journals; Logbooks

  • A daily record, especially a personal record of events, experiences, and observations; a journal.
Drawings
  • Narrower terms include both physical media and genre categories but are limited to those which use drawing in the sense of a specific medium rather than in the everyday sense of graphic representation.
Ephemera
  • Transient everyday items, usually printed and on paper, that are manufactured for a specific limited use, then often discarded. Includes everyday items that are meant to be saved, at least for a while, such as KEEPSAKES and STOCK CERTIFICATES.
Essays
  • A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author.
Field recordings
  • Recordings of sounds or images made outside a controlled studio environment or professional performance venue that are generally unedited and typically made with portable equipment.
Fieldnotes
  • Notes, often in books, kept by researchers or surveying parties while on site.
Handbooks and manuals
Leaflets
  • Unbound volumes with fewer than five pages.
Manuscripts

Use for: Typescripts

  • A book, document, or other composition written by hand. A typewritten or handwritten version of a book, an article, a document, or other work, especially the author's own copy, prepared and submitted for publication in print. Handwriting.
Maps
  • Graphic delineations at a set scale, of all or part of the earth or another celestial sphere indicating the relative position of selected artificial and natural features.
Minutes (Records)

Use for: Minute books

Motion Pictures

Use for: Cinema, Films, Movies, Moving pictures.

Music
  • The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
Newsletters
Paintings

Use for: Watercolours; Oil paintings.

  • Color paint applied by hand to a surface (support) such as paper, canvas, wood, glass, or other.
Pamphlets
  • Published non-periodical volumes with no cover or with a paper cover. Usually 5 or more pages and fewer than 49 pages.
Periodicals

Use for: Magazines, Journals

  • Serials usually issued at regular intervals and more frequently than annually.
Petitions
  • Includes activities involved in petitioning.
Photographs
  • A general designation for any photographic process. The narrower terms include both physical media and genre categories.
Physical Objects
  • Something perceptible by one or more of the senses, especially by vision or touch; a material thing.
Portraits
  • Graphic representations, especially of the face, of real persons, usually posed, living or dead. Pictures whose purpose is the portrayal of an individual or several people, not pictures that merely include people as part of an event or scene.
Postcards
  • Cards on which a message may be written or printed for mailing without an envelope; often include a pictorial, comic, or other scene on one side.
Posters
  • Single or multi-sheet notices made to attract attention to events, activities, causes, goods, or services; also, purely decorative posters. For posting, usually in a public place; chiefly pictorial. Intended to make an immediate impression from a distance.
Prints
  • Images formed by transfer from one surface or source to another. Usually created with ink(s) and produced in multiple impressions.
Programs
  • Lists of the events, pieces, performers, speakers, etc., of an entertainment, ceremony, or the like.
Scores
  • The written form of a composition for orchestral or vocal parts.
Scripts
Sheet music
  • Unbound songs and other pieces of music on eight or fewer pages.
Speeches

Use for: Public addresses; Academic addresses; Orations; Talks

Transcriptions
  • Something that has been transcribed, especially: Music. An adaptation of a composition. A recorded radio or television program. Linguistics. A representation of speech sounds in phonetic symbols.
Video recordings

Use for: Videos

  • Collections of video recordings that are composed of multiple genres and/or forms to which more specific headings such as [Video recordings for the hearing impaired] cannot be applied.