6.23 — Color content

Contents:

6.23.1 Element information

6.23.1.1 Link to RDA Toolkit

6.23.1.2 Sources of information

6.23.2 RDA definition and scope

6.23.2.1 An indication of the presence of colour, tone, etc., embodied by a manifestation.

6.23.2.2 Black, white, single colour shades of black, single colour tints of white, and single colour tones of gray are considered to be single colours. Colour content applies to an expression with a content type of “cartographic image”, “cartographic moving image”, “cartographic three-dimensional form”, “notated movement”, “notated music”, “performed movement”, “still image”, “text”, “three-dimensional moving image”, “three-dimensional form”, or “two-dimensional moving image”.

6.23.3 General rule

6.23.3.1 Describe color illustrations using one or more terms from the LC Vocabulary for Color Content. Record the source of the term.

  • black and white
  • color
  • gray scale
  • hand colored
  • mixed color
  • one color

Example:
Color content: hand colored
Details of color content: Illustrations are hand colored, as issued
(Comment: Title contains statement “embellished with colored engravings”)

Example:
Color content: hand colored
Details of color content: Wood engravings hand colored, as issued

6.23.31 Printed color

6.23.31.1 Treat illustrations printed with a tint block (e.g., chiaroscuro woodcuts, tinted lithographs) as color illustrations.

6.23.31.2 If both the text and illustrations are printed in a single color, do not describe the illustrations as “color.” Make a note on the color of the ink if considered important (see Details of color content, 6.235.31.1).

6.23.31.3 In general, do not record printed color unless it appears in illustrations. Make a note on the color of ink in textual matter if considered important (see Details of color content, 6.235.31.2).

6.23.31.4 For incunabula, make a note on color printing if present (see Details of color content, 6.235.31.3).

6.23.32 Hand coloring in printed resources

6.23.32.1 Hand-colored material is material to which color is applied in a separate production stage by brush, stencil, or another manually applied method.

6.23.32.2 Make a note on the presence or absence of hand coloring in an item if considered important (see Modification of item, 9.41.3.2).

6.23.32.3 Exercise caution in recording hand coloring as an attribute of the manifestation in color content or Details of color content.

6.23.32.4 If there is strong evidence that all exemplars of the manifestation were issued with hand coloring applied before distribution, always record the presence of color as issued in Details of color content (see 6.235.33.1). Evidence for hand coloring applied before distribution may include statements within the resource itself or scholarly research. In general, do not treat the presence of hand coloring in a single item as evidence that the edition was issued with hand coloring. In case of doubt, assume that not all exemplars of the manifestation were issued with hand coloring applied before distribution.

6.23.32.5 If there is strong evidence that some exemplars of the manifestation were issued with hand coloring applied before distribution, and some without, record this information as Details of color content instead of as color content (see 6.235.33.2).

6.23.33 Color of base material

6.23.33.1 Do not record the presence of color in base materials (e.g., paper) as color content. Make a note if considered important (see Details of color content, 6.235.35.1).


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