In answer to Meg Sweet's message (re <Scopecontent> in <did>), Michael Fox suggests
"The rationale for such a proposal has been that while a lengthy scope
note is often prepared, sometimes running to multiple pages, one
would like to be able to include a brief (one or two sentence)
abstract near the beginning of the inventory as well".
This is not quite the way we use <scopecontent> at the Bodleian. We are using this for the
description of materials at all levels, whether series or files. We use <unittitle> for headings of
series and sub-series, as in the following example:
<did><unitid>MSS. Wilkinson dep. d. 1-83</unitid>
<scopecontent><p>Eighty-three sketchbooks, 1815-<emph
render="ITALIC">c</emph>.1875, containing pencil and ink sketches, wash drawings, and
water-colours of views, buildings, monuments, and miscellaneous subjects. The sketchbooks
were originally numbered in two series by Wilkinson; these series have been brought together
here and arranged chronologically. Each description lists the places where sketches and
drawings were made and mentions particular subjects they cover.</p></scopecontent>
<C02 level="FILE"><did><unitid>MS. Wilkinson dep. d. 1<unitid>
<physdesc>36 leaves; half red calf, blind-stamped, marbled boards</physdesc></did>
<scopecontent><p>Sketchbook, 1815-17, Dawlish, Teignmouth, and Torbay (Devon),
including (fol. 16v) notes on the history of steamboats.</p></scopecontent></C02>
This may have little bearing on the <scopecontent> within <did> argument, but I hope it
clarifies the Bodleian's position on the use of <scopecontent>.
Dept. of Western MSS.