Case Study - Cataloguing - AS Archive Services

Case Study - Cataloguing


I worked on a 2 year project cataloguing the public health records of Glasgow. I used Calm archival cataloguing software and I helped develop standards for catalogue entries. I was also responsible for outreach to publicise the collections and catalogues. As part of this I contributed to the social media programme.

The project was complex as the collections included material that had been previously catalogued, uncatalogued material and a large amount of published books and articles from the Public Health Department's library. I also recatalogued the records of the Police Commissioners and the annexed burghs as they also related to public health.

Key achievements

  • creating catalogues using Calm software to 145 linear metres of records in total
  • writing articles in the Scottish Council on Archives Broadsheet magazine; the Scottish Records Association Retour magazine; and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society magazine
  • disseminating the catalogue by contacting relevant organisations such as the Royal Society for Public Health, Centre for History in Public Health etc
  • giving talks including to the Scottish Records Association conference
  • mounting an exhibition on Glasgow’s 1957 mass x-ray campaign


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