You will be breaking the rules if you use the first
heading as the second heading is the correct one.
Please see H1647 under 2. Period subdivisions in the
Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings for
instructions regarding your heading.
Stanfrod University Libraries
On Wed, 12 Nov 1997 12:00:16 EST Jim Greve
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> A question has arisen in our Description Section at The Library
> of Virginia concerning periodic subdivisions in the 650 field.
> Is it o.k. to use the heading:
> 650 0 Cotton farmers \z Virginia \y 19th century.
> Or does it have to read:
> 650 0 Cotton farmers \z Virginia \x History \y 19th century.
> I have not read anything that says you can't use the first
> heading above. In LC's SUBJECT CATALOGING MANUAL : SUBJECT
> HEADINGS under H620 it states that using the subdivision
> -History followed by a "century" subdivision is the "MOST
> COMMON METHOD." Does that mean you can't do it without the
> subdivision " - History?"
> It seems to me that using the term "- History" is repetitive,
> and also does not accurately reflect the material being
> First of all, if it is 18th or 19th century, it would be
> "historical" in nature, wouldn't it? Why add the subdivision "
> - History?"
> Secondly, adding the subdivision "-History" implies a narrative
> or analysis or treatment of the subject in question. Like a
> book on cotton farming in the 19th century. The material being
> described is orginal manuscript material from cotton
> plantations. It's the material itself. It wasn't collected to
> document the history of cotton farming. Am I clear in this
> distinction?? Hope so.
> The question is: Can I use the first heading listed above, or
> am I breaking the rules? The second heading is the "most
> common," but does that mean it's the only valid one?
> Jim Greve
> The Library of Virginia
> 800 E. Broad Street
> Richmond, Virginia 23219
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