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Subject: Re: [TGF] NARA Microfilm Numbers
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 12:07:46 -0700
> Does the leading alpha character tell me anything about the contents of the microfilm?
I knew I had run across this info at one time on the NARA site, so went
Frequently Asked Questions
Question:What's the difference between publication types?
Answer:Most M publications reproduce an entire series of records.
Usually, at the beginning of the first roll (frequently on every roll)
and on the the first fiche, an introduction is reproduced that contains
explanatory material to help researchers use the records. On the other
hand, other publication types (e.g., T or A) do not always reproduce a
complete series of records. A publications are "accessioned" microfilm;
that is microfilm that came directly from the Federal agency, processed,
and turned into a NARA publication. A and T publications are reproduced
and sold exactly as they were filmed; they may contain no introductory
material and have no accompanying descriptive pamphlet.
I thought I'd just copy/paste the link, but that doesn't work, I guess
because it's in the secure area of their store.
So, here's how you can get there yourself:
www.archives.gov --> "order online" under "Research & Order"
www.archives.gov/order/ -> "Buy Reproductions & Microfilm"
clicking on the "Buy Reproductions & Microfilm" takes you offsite into
https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/ --> "Microfilm"
In the FAQ on the right there are 2 relevant to your question.
The above looks straightforward, but it took me much longer to figure
out how I got there than it did to find it the first time. I frequently
have that feeling on the NARA site. There is so much valuable
information there, and I still don't have a working framework for
finding it. <g> an excellent reason for citing fully the first time