LC Cutter tables
The following 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.
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 letter a-d e-h i-l m-o p-s t-v w-z use number 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 (*optional for third letter a or b)
**Entries beginning with numerals are assigned an A cutter (.A12-.A19) and numbered to precede all entries beginning with the letter A.
The following examples show Cutters that would be used if entries already shelflisted conformed to the table above. In most cases, Cutters must be adjusted to file an entry correctly and to allow room for later entries.
*These Cutters reflect the adjustments made to allow for a range of letters on the table, e.g., l-m, or for letters not explicitly stated, e.g., h after an initial consonant.
Never end a cutter with the number one (1) or the number zero (0) unless using the Cutter-Sanborn tables for authors (this does not extend to titles) in the case of literary call numbers, or unless absolutely necessary for fitting a title into the shelflist.
Numerals: When cuttering for Roman or Arabic numbers, use the cutters A12-A19. However, if entries already in the shelflist have been assigned "document numbers" (e.g., .A5 for the corporate heading "United States ...") numerals should be cuttered to file directly behind those entries. Because of the infinite range of numbers, choose a cutter toward the center of the available span when cuttering for the first numeral in a class. This will leave plenty of room for both smaller and larger numbers. Follow this practice even with relatively low numbers since decimal fractions are filed in numeric order before the number 1.
QC 457 1981 commercial composite infrared index, grating A148 numerical index ... 1982. 1982
Last revised: 17 October 2004
Revised by: Charley Pennell