When a person changes his or her name he/she remains the same person, the same entity. Most people would agree that the female faculty member did not suddenly become a different person simply because she changed her name. Under current authority practice, an entity can have one and only one authorized access point. That AAP is based on the most commonly known form of the person's name. RDA instructions for change of name for persons assumes that the latest form is the most commonly known form, though if the cataloger has reason to believe that this is not correct (the earlier form will persist as the more commonly known form) the earlier name can be retained as the AAP.
When corporate bodies change their names, it is usually because they do indeed want to be perceived as a new and different corporate body. So cataloging theory says (correctly in my opinion) that when a corporate body changes its name a new corporate body is created. The two are obviously related, and this is reflected in the authority structure.
Robert L. Maxwell
Ancient Languages and Special Collections Librarian
6728 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
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Subject: name change
I have wanted for a long time to express this and have an author at my institution who has provided the impetus for this question.
A female faculty member here co-wrote a book some years ago. She has also spoken numerous times at a local lecture series. I created a NAR for her in May 2007. She married in 2011 and has written another book, using her husband's last name on the title page. According to 126.96.36.199
(AACR2 22.2C1), I need to modify the NAR to reflect her most recent name. I know that the person is the same, but the name is not.
Indicating that the first book was written by the name of the person who wrote the second is inaccurate. The same is true of all the speeches she gave. It seems to me that in my author's case she has changed her identity and that the works by the previous identity should reflect that in the catalog. When a corporate body changes its name, a new NAR is created with references to and from the earlier name. Does anyone know why personal names are treated this way?
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