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555 - Cumulative Index/Finding Aids Note (R)

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July 2022

First Indicator Second Indicator
Display constant controller
# - Indexes
0 - Finding aids
8 - No display constant generated

# - Undefined

Subfield Codes
  • $a - Cumulative index/finding aids note (NR)
  • $b - Availability source (R)
  • $c - Degree of control (NR)
  • $d - Bibliographic reference (NR)
  • $u - Uniform Resource Identifier (R)
  • $3 - Materials specified (NR)
  • $6 - Linkage (NR)
  • $7 - Data provenance (R)
  • $8 - Field link and sequence number (R)


Information on the availability of cumulative indexes for continuing resources or finding aids and similar control materials for archival and manuscripts control and visual materials whose only or major focus is the described material.

Field 510 (Citation/References Note) is used to record the existence of abstracting and indexing services for an item.

For archival materials and visual materials, this field contains information identifying administrative and intellectual controls over the described materials and indicating the degree of control each provides. This usually implies finding aids and similar control materials.

For serials, this field contains a statement of volumes and/or dates covered by cumulative indexes of an item and a statement of location of these indexes. Indexes may be issued as part of an issue of the serial or issued separately.

The note is sometimes displayed and/or printed with an introductory term or phrase that is generated as a display constant based on the first indicator value.



First Indicator - Display constant controller

Controls the generation of a display constant preceding the note.

# - Indexes

Used to generate the display constant Indexes:.

555 ##$aVols. 1 (1917)-10 (1944) in v. 11, no. 1.
0 - Finding aids

Used to generate the display constant Finding aids:.

555 0#$3Inventory$bavailable in library;$cfolder level control.
8 - No display constant generated

Second Indicator - Undefined

Undefined and contains a blank (#).


$a - Cumulative index/finding aids note

Statement of the index or finding aid. For indexes, subfield $a may contain a formal or an informal note.

555 ##$aVols. 1-25, 1927-51, in v. 26.
555 ##$aCumulative subject index included in each volume, -v. 29.
555 8#$aIndex for v. 1-7, Mar. 1931-June 1935, with v. 7.
555 ##$aVols. 1 (1931)-44 (1975). (Includes index to: Reckless Ralph's dime novel round-up.) 1 v.
555 8#$aOriginal caption cards, arranged by photonegative number, are available in the Reading Room.

$b - Availability source

Organizational unit or vendor from which finding aids or other documentation may be obtained.

555 0#$3Claims settled under Treaty of Washington, May 8, 1871$aPreliminary inventory prepared in 1962;$bAvailable in NARS central search room;$bNARS Publications Sales Branch;$dUlibarri, George S. ...

$c - Degree of control

Extent of administrative, bibliographic, or physical control available over the described materials.

555 0#$aCard files (on approx. 187,000 cards and 5,339 rolls of microfilm);$cItem level control.

$d - Bibliographic reference

Citation to a published or unpublished index or finding aid to the described materials when it is not cataloged with the item.

555 0#$dFlipwinkle, James, ed., Concordance to the Jerome Manuscript (Harvard University Press, 1946).

$u - Uniform Resource Identifier

Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), for example a URL or URN, which provides electronic access data in a standard syntax. This data can be used for automated access to an electronic item using one of the Internet protocols.

555 8#$aFinding aid available in the Manuscript Reading Room and on Internet.$u

$3 - Materials specified

Part of the described material to which the field applies.

See examples under the descriptions of first indicator value 0 and subfield $b.

$6 - Linkage

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.

$7 - Data provenance

See description of this subfield in Appendix J: Data Provenance Subfields.

$8 - Field link and sequence number

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.


Punctuation - Field 555 ends with a period unless another mark of punctuation is present.

Display Constants - Introductory terms or phrases such as Indexes: are not carried in the MARC record. They may be system generated as display constants associated with the first indicator value.

First indicator Display constant
# Indexes:
0 Finding aids:
8 [no display constant]


Archival and manuscripts control records created prior to 1983 may contain coded information related to finding aids in obsolete field 008/34 (Level of collection control code).

$u - Uniform Resource Identifier [NEW, 2000]
$7 - Data provenance [NEW, 2022]

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