It should be noted that Institutions (Philosophy) does not refer to the generic concept of institutions or to institutions such as departments of philosophy. A parenthetical qualifier is used in LCSH is used to indicate that a term is used for a concept in a particular field. I don't know what it means in philosophy, but it seems to have something to do with ontology, judging from its class number. The generic concept of institutions is covered in LCSH by Associations, institutions, etc., but that probably won't satisfy Meghan. There is no genre term in LCSH for institutional histories. Histories of individual institutions, etc., are covered by the name of the institution followed by the subdivision $x History. If Meghan's collection of histories has a name, that could be used as an added entry. ___________________________________________________________ John Hostage Authorities Librarian Langdell Hall [log in to unmask] Harvard Law School Library +(1)(617) 495-3974 (voice) Cambridge, MA 02138 +(1)(617) 496-4409 (fax) http://www.law.harvard.edu/library/ ----------------------------------------------------------- -----Original Message----- From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Greg Smith Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:38 To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] subject term -- physics history Meghan-- We do have Institutions (Philosophy) . So by analogy I would propose that the simplest solution would be: Institutions (Physics) -- History. You might also do: Libraries and institutions -- History -- Physics or Libraries and institutions -- Physics -- History Or even Libraries and institutions (Physics) -- History My impression is that this L & I heading is for materials related to libraries and their interactions with other kinds of institutions, but, in a primitive sense, that is what you are doing here -- cobbling together libraries and institutions of various kinds. Mind you, Meghan, I have no first hand experience with this question. I am only taking a shot using the printed LCSH. -- Greg Smith, Mercer County community College 609-570-3556 -----Original Message----- From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Meghan Petersen Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 10:19 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: [PCCLIST] subject term Hello, We have a collection of "Institutional Histories" in our collection which consists of histories of physics departments at colleges and universities, professional laboratories, and businesses. We would like to create a subject term to apply to all of these items in order to allow users to search and retrieve these items through a subject search. Is there an lc subject that would accommodate something like this? I've looked in all the obvious places, institution, history, physics... We won't be contributing this term to LC but would like to create a correct term is possible rather than resorting to "Institutional History."