Although I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps these questions might better
go to a catalogers' list, or better still, an archives catalogers' list,
until I find one (that's a hint for suggestions), I'm afraid I'm bound to
pound on your heads.
As I crank up to start wrapping names with <persname> and <corpname> tags,
I'm wondering if it's truly necessary to take the time to reverse the
order of personal names that contain all the words the LCNAF entry
requires: Dorothy Canfield Fisher vs. Fisher, Dorothy Canfield.
I speculate that the "surname first" rule came from having to alphabetize
a physical medium and I question whether it's necessary in an electronic
Thoughts? Opinions? Knowledge?
Elizabeth H. Dow, Ph.D. [log in to unmask]
Special Collections -- Bailey/Howe Library
University of Vermont