Here's a link to an internal memo distributed in the early 1990s to catalogers on the team handling art at our library. I'm not sure we were able to maintain consistency, nor am I sure that this still reflects current LC practice, but you may find it interesting. Aren't web archives wonderful!

Steven Arakawa
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Catalog & Metadata Services, SML, Yale University
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Subject: El Greco - to file on "El" or not in titles

I've found a mix of practice in both OCLC and our local catalog as to
whether the initial article "El" in "El Greco" should be skipped when it
is at the start of a title, such as:

El Greco and his school
El Greco in the collection of the Hispanic Society of America
El Greco revisited
El Greco in Italy and Italian art
El Greco to Goya
El Greco y el arte de su tiempo
El Greco kommentiert den Wettstreit der Kunste

So what do you all think?  Should the second indicator in field 245 for
these titles be 0 or 3?  Is there a definitive answer that we could arrive
at?  For the record, the personal name heading is established as:
Greco, $d 1541?-1614.

I've seen similar discrepancies with titles beginning with Le Corbusier,
but the predominant coding of the second indicator is 0.  In this case,
his heading is established as Le Corbusier, 1887-1965, so it seems clear
that the initial article in the name is not to be ignored.

Le Corbusier et l'architecture sacree
Le Corbusier secret
Le Corbusier and the concept of self



Adam L. Schiff
Principal Cataloger
University of Washington Libraries
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Seattle, WA 98195-2900
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