AACR2 24.9 has no equivalent in RDA:
If a chapter, branch, etc., entered subordinately (see 24.13),
carries out the activities of a corporate body in a particular locality or
within a particular institution, add the name of the locality or
institution, unless it is part of the name of the chapter, branch, etc.
The LCRI for it says:
The rule is for any type of organization that covers a large geographic
area in which chapters, branches, etc., are necessary for local activities
of the membership. These chapters, branches, etc., can normally be
recognized in two ways:
1) The organization is a fraternal one;
2) The designation of every chapter, branch, etc., includes a generic
term that is either one traditionally used for such ("post," "lodge,"
etc.) or an imaginative innovation to convey the same sense ("valley,"
Consider the presence of any of these generic designations used for
presumably all the chapters, branches, etc., as sufficient reason for
subordinate entry in all cases.
American Legion. William Peck Post No. 279 (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Grand Army of the Republic. St. Paul Camp No. 1
Scottish Rite (Masonic order). Valley of Minneapolis
Vasa Order of America. Carl XVI Gustav Lodge 716 (Dallas, Tex.)
None of this has been carried over in RDA or LC-PCC PS.
The only relevant RDA instruction that seems to apply is 188.8.131.52.3:
Apply the instructions at 184.108.40.206 to a name that is general in nature
(e.g., contains neither distinctive proper nouns or adjectives, nor
subject words) or that simply indicates a geographic, chronological, or
numbered or lettered subdivision of a parent body.
We recently had to set up a body called Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1. It's a
lodge within the Sons of Norway. It's not clear to us that "Leif Erikson
Lodge No. 1" SIMPLY indicates a numbered subdivision of a parent body.
"Lodge No. 1" would we think. But does "Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1"? As
best we can determine there are many other Leif Erikson Lodges within Sons
of Norway, but no other numbered No. 1. So the question is, which is the
correct RDA result:
Sons of Norway (U.S.). Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 (Seattle, Wash.)
Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1
Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 (Seattle, Wash.)
Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 (Sons of Norway (U.S.))
or something else?
If the answer is as we did it in AACR2 (the first result given above),
then there's nothing in RDA or a policy statement that says to add the
local place name as a qualifier unless it's part of the name. Don't we
need a policy statement if we want to continue to get the same result as
we did in AACR2?
I searched OCLC authorities for RDA fraternal lodges and did not find any
that were established differently than we were doing in AACR2. That
implies that catalogers are not really applying RDA as written but simply
carrying over their knowledge of AACR2 and the LCRI for 24.9.
Adam L. Schiff
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
(206) 685-8782 fax
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