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DCRMR is one of several manuals providing specialized cataloging rules for various formats of rare materials typically found in rare book, manuscript, and special collections repositories. Together, these manuals form Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM), an overarching concept rather than a publication in its own right.

DCRMR is an RDA-compliant manual aligned with the RDA element set. When completed, DCRMR will be an integrated and consolidated manual, which will include instructions for rare materials in multiple formats (e.g., music, serials). Currently, DCRMR allows for RDA-compliant rare book cataloging.

DCRMR can be downloaded as a PDF: DCRMR PDF; this copy is for review purposes only.

RBMS RDA Editorial Group


Jessica Grzegorski, Principal Cataloging Librarian, Newberry Library

Elizabeth Hobart, Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, Pennsylvania State University Libraries

Editorial Group Members

Liz Adams, Rare Materials Cataloger, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Amy Brown, Head of Metadata and Special Collections Technical Services, Boston College

Tammy Druash, Resource Description Librarian, University of North Florida

Ryan Hildebrand, Special Collections and Authorities Cataloger, University of Oregon

Deborah J. Leslie, Senior Cataloger, Folger Shakespeare Library

Matthew J. Murphy, Management Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata, Milwaukee Public Library

Iris O’Brien, Early Printed Collections Cataloguing and Processing Manager, British Library

Elizabeth O’Keefe, Formerly of the Morgan Library & Museum

Keepers of the Text

kalan Knudson Davis, Special Collections Metadata Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

Amy Tims, Cataloging Initiatives Librarian, American Antiquarian Society

Current Status

Minimum viable product containing book instructions. For review only.

History of the revision process

In 2010, John Attig and Bob Maxwell wrote a discussion paper “Reconsidering DCRM in the Light of RDA”

2011-2012 DCRM-RDA Task Force presented key recommendations

2012-2014 DCRM(B) for RDA Revision Group

2014-2017 Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials Task Force

2017-2018 RBMS PS editorial work absorbed by BSC and public review of sections of the PS

2018-2019 RBMS Policy Statements Editorial Group



Changes from DCRM(B)

Future work


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