Interested to see what our RDA/FRBR cataloging future might look like?
Over on the DCMI/RDA Task Group wiki, Diane Hillmann just added a new cataloger scenario: "Scenario 6: Complex Relationships--Older Materials." A snippet to whet your cataloging appetite:
Joshua Cataloger was working on a collection of materials accumulated by a nineteenth century criminal lawyer who practiced near Saratoga, NY. This lawyer worked on several high visibility murder cases (the reality TV of the 19th century) and kept meticulous records of his trials, including extensive newspaper reports, in scrapbooks. He published (as was common during this time) books that included his lengthy summations to juries and other testimony and comment during trial. He also had a habit of pasting letters and other related items inside the front and back covers of volumes he owned.
Joshua was working on the records of one infamous murder trial (which went to two trials after the accused was found to have tampered with the first jury), and found that one of the letters pasted in front of a copy of his published “Closing argument of Nathaniel C. Moak at Ballston Spa, October 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, 1879 ...” was from Wilkie Collins, credited for the first mystery novels. Joshua transcribed the letter, and discovered that it was in reply to Moak, who had mentioned Collins’ novel The Moonstone in his argument and had sent a copy of the book to Collins.