Geographic subdivisions revisited

European map

Even seasoned catalogers sometimes need reminders.  This is especially true when the cataloging situation is seldom encountered.  Today I was cataloging a documentary film about a woman who harbored Jews during WWII.  She lived in a place called Sokal, Poland.  However, Sokal is now part of the Ukraine.   I questioned “Because my work is set in 1939 do I use the geographic qualifiers $zPoland $zSokal ?   or   $zUkraine $zSokal ?

The answer can be found in the Subject Cataloging Manual Volume 1, H810 section 1.b which states: “Use as a geographic qualifier, only the latest form of a name of a jurisdiction.  Hence my answer is:  $zUkraine $zSokal.

Use latest jurisdiction or form of jurisdiction’s name in qualifier and/or in indirect subdivision, no matter what time period is covered in the work.

However…. that being stated, there is ALWAYS AN EXCEPTION or two or in this case three.  H710 section 5 states: “Because there are a variety of ways in which jurisdictions may be merged, split, or otherwise reorganized, the instructions may not apply in every case. For instructions on Germany see H945, for instructions on Soviet Union see H1023, and for instructions on Yugoslavia, see H1055.

And… for the less seasoned cataloger I have another reminder…  When subdividing a city, the city must be placed in a separate $z

For example:  $aHistoric buildings $zFrance $zParis

NOT    $aHistoric buildings $zParis (France)

The general pattern is:

650  0   $a <Topical heading or subject heading string> $z <Larger jurisdiction> $z <Specific place>.


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