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Genre
Genre term Scope note
Periodicals

Use for: Magazines, Journals

  • Serials usually issued at regular intervals and more frequently than annually.
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.
Scripts
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
Motion Pictures

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

Clippings

Use for: Newspaper clippings; Cuttings

  • Objects with physical evidence suggesting extraction from a larger entity (e.g., books, newspapers).
Diaries

Use for: Daybooks; Journals; Logbooks

  • A daily record, especially a personal record of events, experiences, and observations; a journal.
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.
Paintings

Use for: Watercolours; Oil paintings.

  • Color paint applied by hand to a surface (support) such as paper, canvas, wood, glass, or other.
Contracts

Use for: Agreements; Covenants, Collective agreements; Deeds

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.
Speeches

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

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.
Minutes (Records)

Use for: Minute books

Sheet music
  • Unbound songs and other pieces of music on eight or fewer pages.
Handbooks and manuals
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.
Course materials
  • Handouts and other ephemeral materials used in coursework.
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.
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.]
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.
Scores
  • The written form of a composition for orchestral or vocal parts.
Programs
  • Lists of the events, pieces, performers, speakers, etc., of an entertainment, ceremony, or the like.
Prints
  • Images formed by transfer from one surface or source to another. Usually created with ink(s) and produced in multiple impressions.
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.
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.
Physical Objects
  • Something perceptible by one or more of the senses, especially by vision or touch; a material thing.
Photographs
  • A general designation for any photographic process. The narrower terms include both physical media and genre categories.
Petitions
  • Includes activities involved in petitioning.
Pamphlets
  • Published non-periodical volumes with no cover or with a paper cover. Usually 5 or more pages and fewer than 49 pages.
Leaflets
  • Unbound volumes with fewer than five pages.
Fieldnotes
  • Notes, often in books, kept by researchers or surveying parties while on site.
Essays
  • A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author.
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.
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.
Correspondence
  • Communication by the exchange of letters.
Catalogs
  • Enumerations of items arranged systematically with descriptive details. May have prices.
Broadsides
  • Single-sheet notices or announcements printed on one or both sides, intended to be read unfolded.
Books
  • Published non-periodical volumes in bound codex form, usually with 49 or more pages.
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).
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).
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.