FYI - the February 2012 update of the Descriptive Cataloging Manual http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/dcmz1.pdf contains information on use of the 678 field.
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Use of field 678 with corporate body history
The 678 field was not used in NACO records done under AACR2. If you look at the old MARC 21 Authority: LC Guidelines ("Blue Pages") for this field it was marked as: "NACO: Do not use this field." The LC Guidelines are now revised and say: "NACO: May be supplied in a NAR coded 008/10 c or z."
So, the 678 can now be used for AACR2 or RDA records, but this is only a very recent change, and you won't find the examples in the MARC documentation in name authorities.
Here's a family name in RDA that has a 678: no2012067728 Romanov (Dynasty
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On Wed, 23 May 2012, Ian Fairclough wrote:
> PCCLIST readers,
> Although the MARC 21 Format for Authority Data gives an example of
> usage of field 678 Biographical or Historical Data, I am not aware of actual usage in name authority records. The example is:
> 678 1# $aThe Office of Geography provides research and other staff
> services for the interdepartmental Board on Geographic Names and the
> Secretary of the Interior on foreign geographic nomenclature.$bThe Office inherited functions and records of earlier boards and committees engaged in similar work. The earliest of these, the U.S.
> Board on Geographic Names, was created by an Executive order of
> September 4, 1890, to ensure uniform usage throughout the executive departments of the Government ...
> I searched "Office of Geography" in the NAF and retrieved 15 NARs, but
> none of them had a 678 field. The one that looked like it might have been the basis for the example, "United States. ?bOffice of Geography", had this note:
> 667 The Division of Geography was created in the Dept. of the
> Interior in 1947. In 1955 the division was renamed Office of
> Geography. In Mar. 1968 the functions of the Office of Geography were transferred to the Geographic Names Division of the Army Map Service (after Jan. 16, 1969, Army Topographic Command).
> So field 667, a Non-Public General Note, was used rather than field
> 678, rather than field 678, which under Field Definition and Scope has: "Usually written in a form adequate for public display."
> Did field 678 simply go out of fashion? Has there been a technical
> reason for its non-use? And are there in fact any systems which could
> take advantage of such a note to display to the public? (Not that
> they would, if there aren't any 678 notes in any NARs to display!)
> Ian Fairclough - George Mason University - [log in to unmask]