Formatted contents notes provide a structured method of recording item-level information within a collection-level cataloging record.  Elements that may be incorporated into contents notes for collection-level cataloging include title, statement of responsibility, version, edition, distribution, release, broadcast information, etc.  When additional materials are added to a collection, the cataloger extends the contents note to incorporate the new materials.  For collections of materials that lack routine bibliographic data, the more narrative summary note may be preferred.  See C4.5.3.

505 0# $a [1] The spider and the fly / Walt Disney Productions ; 1938 ; MP2892 -- [2] Peculiar penguins / Walt Disney Productions ; 1934 ; MP4963 -- [3] Elmer Elephant / Walt Disney Productions ; 1936 ; MP6355 ....

For large collections, extensive contents notes may sometimes be required.  In such cases, it is advisable to record works in some recognizable order, such as alphabetically by title, or chronologically by date of distribution, release, broadcast.

If the collection requires a large number of contents notes, separate bibliographic records should be created.  This may be accomplished by further refining the nature of the collection by dividing it into parts that can each be represented in a single record, or by representing the collection in more than one bibliographic record.  See C7.

245 00 $a [Women's rights films. $n Record 1 of 2].

505 0# $a [1] American experience. Ida B. Wells--a passion for justice / William Greaves Productions, Inc. ; 1989 ; 1 videocassette of 1 ; 3/4 in. viewing copy ... [20] [Franchise parade, Tarrytown, N.Y.] / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. ; 1915 ; 1 film reel of 1 ; 16 mm. viewing print.

245 00 $a [Women's rights films. $n Record 2 of 2].

505 0# $a [21] National Women’s Party--Washington activities / [production company unknown] ; [194-] ; 1 videocassette of 1 ; 3/4 in. viewing copy ....

See also:

Appendix C4.5.  Notes

Appendix C4.  Descriptive cataloging

Appendix C:  Collection-Level Cataloging