The following is from the FAQ for Personal Names found on the NACO Web page at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/naco/personnamefaq.html
What about name headings that have dates with "d. 1825" or "b. 1910" and either birth or death dates are found? Aren't these technically inaccurate and shouldn't they be changed?
No. The presence of a "b." (born) or "d." (died) added to a name heading per the option in AACR2 22.17 accurately represent the information available at the time the NAR was created. LCRI 22.17 was changed to allow the addition of death dates to headings with "open birth dates" because this convention caused many catalog users to mistakenly assume that libraries did not have that information available, and in fact gave the appearance of a heading that had incorrect information.
--Roger Miller

Roger M. Miller                                                
Manager, Cataloging Services Department
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Phone:  (513) 665-3305    Fax: (513) 369-3167
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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Larmore, Dustin
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Subject: [PCCLIST] Birth and death dates

If a personal name heading has only a death date, but a cataloger knows the birth date, may the heading be modified to include both dates?


Dustin P. Larmore

Assistant Professor and Technical Services Librarian

Karl E. Mundt Library and Learning Commons

Dakota State University

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