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561 - Ownership and Custodial History (R)

MARC 21 Bibliographic - full
October 2010

First Indicator Second Indicator
# - No information provided
0 - Private
1 - Not private

# - Undefined

Subfield Codes
  • $a - History (NR)
  • $u - Uniform Resource Identifier (R)
  • $3 - Materials specified (NR)
  • $5 - Institution to which field applies (NR)
  • $6 - Linkage (NR)
  • $8 - Field link and sequence number (R)


Copy-specific field that contains information concerning the ownership and custodial history of the described materials from the time of their creation to the time of their accessioning, including the time at which individual items or groups of items were first brought together in their current arrangement or collation.

The immediate source of acquisition is recorded in field 541 (Immediate Source of Acquisition Note).

This field can also be used to record: 1) the owner's name and address when an item is located other than at the owner's address (the current location of an item is recorded in field 852 (Location)); 2) the original site of a work when it was originally commissioned/installed at one site but was subsequently moved to another location (the current site is recorded in field 851); or 3) the last known owner/location when the work being described has been stolen or destroyed.



First Indicator - Privacy

Whether the contents of the field are private or not. The state of being private includes information that institutions do not want to display to the public because it is sensitive or restricted.

# - No information provided

No information is provided as to the privacy of the field contents.

561 ##$aOriginally collected by Paul Jones and maintained by his nephew, John Smith after Jones' death. Purchased in 1878 by Henry Green, who added prints and drawings purchased at auctions in New York and Paris, 1878- 1893.
0 - Private

Field contains private information.

561 0#$aFrom the collection of L. McGarry, 1948-1957.
1 - Not private

No private information in the field.

561 1#$aCollated: 1845-1847.

Second Indicator - Undefined

Contains a blank (#).


$a - History

561 0#$aFrom the collection of L. McGarry, 1948-1957.
561 ##$aOn permanent loan from the collection of Paul Mellon.
561 ##$aThe journal was discovered in a cellar in Nantes in 1837 and was removed to the Abbey of St. Pierre, where it remained until 1887, when it was given to Gehan Tourel...
561 1#$aCollated: 1845-1847.
561 ##$aA. Brolemann (with his bookplate), Mme. Etienne Mallet (see item 2 in the Society catalog of the Mallet sale, May 4-5, 1926), William Permain, W.R. Hearst.

$u - Uniform Resource Identifier

Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), for example a URL or URN, which provides electronic access data in a standard syntax. The data that is accessed by the URI contains additional information about ownership and custodial history.

$3 - Materials specified

Part of the described materials to which the field applies.

561 ##$3Family correspondence$aOriginally collected by Henry Fitzhugh, willed to his wife Sarah Jackson Fitzhugh and given by her to her grandson Jonathan Irving Jackson, who collected some further information about his grandmother and the papers of their relatives and Cellarsville neighbors, the Arnold Fitzhugh's, before donating the materials along with his own papers as mayor of Cellarsville to the Historical Society.

$5 - Institution to which field applies

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.

$6 - Linkage

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.

$8 - Field link and sequence number

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.


Punctuation - Field 561 ends with a period unless another mark of punctuation is present. If the final subfield is subfield $5, the mark of punctuation precedes that subfield.


This field was defined in 1983 when the scope of field 541 was restricted to information about the immediate source of acquisition. Field 541 in records created prior to 1984 may contain provenance data.

Indicator 1 - Privacy [NEW, 2004]
$b - Time of collation (NR) [OBSOLETE, 1997]
Until subfield $a (History) was redefined in 1997 to include all details of ownership and custodial history, the date of described materials were brought together in their present form was recorded in subfield $b.
$u - Uniform Resource Identifier (R) [NEW, 2010]

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