§ The Nation Union Catalog Manuscript Collection, LOC call number Z6620.U5N3
The following is a list of the NUCMC volumes that had been published as of the S*I*G project in 1988:
1965 Catalog and Index 1963-65
1966 Catalog and Index 1963-66
1967 Catalog and Index 1967
1968 Catalog and Index 1967-68
1969 Catalog and Index 1967-69
1970 Catalog and Index 1970
1971 Catalog and Index 1970-71
1973-74 Catalog and Index 1970-74
1975 Index (softcover book)
1975-76 Index (soft cover)
1975-78 Index (soft cover)
1980 Index - softcover
1980-81 Index (softcover)
1983 Catalog and Index 1980-83
Using the 1966 Catalog and the Index for 1963-66 as an example: the book is divided into 3 parts. First the main body (arranged, it seems numerically, each entry being given a number as it is submitted by the various repositories), second the index (subject, title, author/person), third a repository index, which lists repositories (with addresses) alphabetically, then official name of each collection (group of papers, records, documents, correspondence, maps, etc. etc.) reported by that repository for the appropriate year.
1. We drew up a "shopping list" of all Saint-Domingue-related
subjects: Caribbean, cotton, Cuba, France/French (subheadings
- revolution, colonies, West Indies, Caribbean), Freemasons, Haiti,
Indemnities (reparations), indigo, Jamaica, pirates (and variations
such as privateers, buccaneers, etc), plantation, refugee, Saint-Domingue
(and all spelling variations), slavery, sugar, tobacco, West Indies
. Some topics were omitted to keep the project from becoming overwhelming.
The topic "Revolution" was omitted because all references
under this topic will pertain to the American Revolution. For
foreign revolutions, see first the country's name, then look up
the sub-heading revolution, insurrection, revolt, uprising, etc.
2. Researchers were assigned a year or several year-span in the NUCMC volumes and its accompanying index.
3. A 4X6 index card was prepared for each "Shopping List" subject.
4. Researchers looked up each topic in the index and noted any references on the appropriate card
5. All the references on each subject card were looked up, and those that were relevant to our focus were photocopied and affixed to individual index cards, with a notation of the subject and reference number.
6. The cards were photocopied onto legal-sized paper and bound, and then filed for safe keeping.