Princeton University Cataloging Documentation
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Princeton University Cataloging Documentation

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  Cutter table
  .A6-.A99 table
  .Z5-.Z999 table
  Biography table
  Table XL

Size symbols
   See also: Miniature bks

Translation table

Use of small x

Preferred order for individual authors

See also:
Classification / Shelflisting policy

Cutter table
The following five tables are used to construct Cutter numbers for both personal and corporate entries, title entries when appropriate, and the "second number" elements of class numbers which are subarranged by persons, places, or things. (For a beginner's table, easy to print, click here)

After the initial letters:

S -- Qu -- Other Initial Consonants -- Initial Vowels -- Third Number -- Numerals

After the initial letter S
for the second letter: a ch e h-i m-p t u w-z
use number 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

After the initial letters Qu
for the third letter: a e i o r t y
use number: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
(For initial letters Qa-Qt, use: 2-29)

After other initial consonants:
for the second letter: a e i o r u y
use number: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

After initial vowels
for the second letter: b d l-m n p r s-t u-y
use number: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

When an additional number is preferred
for the third [fourth, fifth, etc.] letter: a-d e-h i-l m n-q r-t u-w x-z
use number: 2
optional for third letter
a or b
3 4 5 6 7 8 9


Entries beginning with numerals are assigned an A cutter (.A12-.A19) and numbered to precede all entries beginning with the letter A.