Hidden in Plain Sight

Material Description


Our project will create metadata to record significant unique characteristics of titles in the circulating collections of the U.Va. Library, focusing on 19th century titles. Many titles in our 19th century circulating collections have evidentiary or artifactual value due to characteristics such as marginalia, inserts, unique bindings, etc. Although these books are in the catalog, the unique, distinguishing features of the books are undocumented and therefore undiscoverable, hidden in plain sight in our stacks. We will provide enhanced metadata for these titles, and create a protocol for the discovery and sorting process which we will share so that institutions can cooperate on preservation, retention and weeding projects.


Cataloging Hidden Collections

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Kara McClurken

Collection Size

12000 objects

Date Range

1800 - 1923

Geographic Scope

Material published in the U.S. and Europe