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This topic is covered in the LC Subject Headings Manual, sections H1775-H1795.  Generally, literary form headings in LCSH are applicable to literary collections but not individual works.  For example, H1790 Literature:  Fiction says, "Assign no form headings to individual works of adult fiction, children's fiction, or young adult fiction."

Of course, this limitation does not apply to LCGFT terms.  If there is an applicable established LCGFT term, you should probably use that rather than an LCSH term in 655.  For a collection of Peanuts strips, I would probably use
655  7 Comics (Graphic works) $2lcgft
Rather than
655  0 American wit and humor, Pictorial.

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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Lavalie
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But not for works by a single author?
For example: we don't add "Horror tales, American" to a collection of Stephen King short stories.  Do we also not add "American wit and humor, Pictorial" to a collection of Peanuts strips?

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The SHM H1775-H1800 for various kinds of literature do instruct us to use 650s to bring out the form/genre for collections of literature. The authority record for "Wit and humor" gives a range of classes that includes both works about humor (PN6147) and collections of humor (PN6231).



I assume we'll continue to use the 650 in collections until the SHM is revised, but 655s can be used as well, even if they are redundant.


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I should clarify: I've seen them on bib records as 650s.  (Most of them were cataloged long before the 655 field existed)



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Terms from LCGFT do not have a monopoly on the use of 655 in MARC bibliographic records. Any appropriate genre/form term from any thesaurus in the general thesaurus list at http://www.loc.gov/standards/sourcelist/subject-category.html (of which LCSH is one) or the list of genre form thesauri at http://www.loc.gov/standards/sourcelist/genre-form.html may be used as long the use complies with the rules of the thesaurus.
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Subject Category Code Source Codes: Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes (Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress)





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As I've been adding lcgft headings to the catalog, I've started to look at subject headings that look like genre headings.  One that came up recently was "American wit and humor"  What is the scope of that heading (and other similar headings, including "Wit and humor, Pictorial")?  I've seen it on Peanuts collections and books by stand-up comedians.  Is this correct, or is just for the study of comedy?



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