The idea of coding both the intellectual and the physical using the <c0x>
elements may work for those archivists who believe, as Steven M-G does,
that the physical is subordinate to the intellectual, when everything is
neatly housed in one kind of container in one location. In my mind, boxes
and folders and volumes and map cases are simply methods of housing. They
have nothing to do with intellectual control. So, for the sake of
argument, I thought I'd throw out the following chunk of the finding aid
for the Norman Bel Geddes papers. (Caveat: This finding aid is *really*
ugly and it's definitely not standard for us, but it wasn't my idea. I
would make some major changes to it if we were going to mark it up, but
this *is* just for the sake of argument. So, no finger-pointing and
The Bel Geddes papers are intellectually very simple--we have files for
virtually all of his design work, arranged by job number. However,
physically they are very complex. As you can see, there is lots of
oversize material, models, and framed artwork, photographic negatives, as
well as routine correspondence relating to each job. There are also
materials that were fire damaged and required special housing. There may
be as many as a dozen or more different types of housing needed for the
materials relating to a single job, so in EAD-speak, there would be several
different *physical* logics going on here. Assuming that the files
relating to the theatrical production for The Miracle (below) are a
subseries (<c02> in this case), how would we tag such a complex physical
85. The Miracle.
1923-1927 (217 folders)
A spectacular pantomime in eight scenes by Karl Vollm=F6ller from the
medieval legend of Sister Beatrice. Directed by Max Reinhardt. Designed
by NBG. Produced by F. Ray Comstock and Morris Gest at the Century
Theatre, New York 15Jan1924-10Nov1925. At the Public Auditorium, Cleveland
22Dec 1924-10Jan1925; Cincinnati Spring1925; Boston Opera House
28Oct-15Dec1925; New Coliseum, St. Louis 24Dec1925-20Jan1926; Philadelphia,
Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Francisco 1926.
=46f b.1-3,5 Scene Renderings --- 4 Watercolors.
=46ramed b.4 --- 1 Watercolor.
=46f b.6-10 --- 5 Charcoal sketches.
=46ramed b.11-12 --- 2 Charcoals.
EW:12:1 c.1-2 Costume Renderings --- Prints of publicity photos.
=46f c.3-12 --- 20 Watercolors.
EW:12:1 c.13-32 --- 126 Preliminary sketches, 1 photo.
c.33 --- 2 Watercolors, 3 crayon sketches, 2 photos.
=46f d.1-38 Drawings --- 38 Set details.
EW:12:1 e.1-2 Preliminary Sketches --- 7 Scenes, elevations.
=46f f.1-57 Drawings --- 57 Plans, elevations, sections, details.
DBox10 g.1 Production Record Book --- Vol. 1 Script 1st synopsis
by NBG, Reinhardt, Vollm=F6ller, Schirmer w/ NBG's
ms. revisions. 2nd Synopsis w/ cue notes, costume
and property schedules. 1st Scene narrative.
DocBox g.2 --- Correspondence, memos, program 1923-1924.
g.2a --- Correspondence Reinhardt - Rudolph Kommer
14Sep1923 [Ex Hunter CL-21].
g.3 --- Preliminary Sketches of stage settings and scene
g.4 --- Vol. 4 Specifications for scenery (P.J. Carey
Company), lighting, costumes, properties and sound.
g.5 --- Cost and income estimate notes.
g.6-7 --- Vol. 5 Publicity Photographs and Clippings 1924.
g.8 --- Publicity Correspondence NBG - Encyclopaedia
g.9 --- Music scores 'Selection' and 'Waltz'.
g.10-11 --- Programs.
g.12 --- Record book title pages.
EW:12:1 h.1-2 Photographs --- 7 Photos of scene renderings.
h.3-6 --- 70 Record Copy photos.
O/SBox h.7 --- 23 Duplicate photos.
EW:12:1 h.8 --- 9 Photos of Cleveland production.
h.9-15 --- 7 Brugui=E8re photos interfiled in h.3-6?
NegBox h.16-17 --- 25 Negatives (19 Brugui=E8re).
EW:12:1 h.18 --- Captions.
Unloc h.19 --- 'Stage left view' 11x15 interfiled in h.3-6?
=46f h.20-26 --- 13 Production photos.
EW:12:1 i.1 Publicity --- Souvenir Program c1924.
O/SBox i.1a --- Souvenir Programs c1926.
EW:12:1 i.2-8,10--- Review clippings 1924-1927.
O/SBox i.9 --- Review clippings.
EW:12:1 j.1 Correspondence --- Costumes, lighting.
j.2 --- NBG - Barnsdall, Gest, Alfred Steiglitz, Tilly Losch,
et al. 1923-1938.
j.3 --- Reinhardt communications.
=46ramed j.4 --- Reinhardt - NBG letter.
EW:12:1 k.1 Script --- Cues 1-141 Action / Lighting / Sound.
m.1 Programs --- Century Theatre 1926.
m.2 --- Cleveland, St. Louis, San Francisco 1924-1926.
n.1 Photostats --- Scene renderings.
O/SBox n.2 --- Prints for presentation book.
EW:12:1 n.3-4 --- Plans and scenes.
=46f n.5-7 --- Scenes and plans.
EW:12:1 o.1 Cost estimates.
q.1-2 Source Material --- Costume clippings.
q.3 --- Costume tracings.
r.1-2 Properties --- 22 Preliminary Sketches.
=46f r.3-10 --- 8 Drawings.
EW:12:1 y.1 Autobiography draft excerpts.
X-Ref: Hunter p. 100-107 DS-3.