Yes, I could do that. I think, however, that we are causing needless confusion by insisting that a middle initial is not a primary element. Sometimes it makes all the difference in being able to identify which James Benjamin you actually have--and clearly LC did not recognize it when they created the later record.
I try to train my staff to look at all the different names before they create a new authority record, but it can be very time consuming to look at each and every Harry Smith to see if your Harry X. Smith is one of the ones already established with a date but no middle initial. How much easier if the first person just adds a cross reference!
I would move the 670 to the record you're going to keep, but not add any 400 at all, because the primary elements are not any different between the two. However, if it's clear from usage that the author has "changed" his name or that a different form of name is now predominant, you could feel free to change the heading itself.
Looking in OCLC I see:
Usage for James Benjamin: 1 title from 1987
Usage for James J. Benjamin, Jr.: 3 (or possibly 4 depending on how you count) titles, from 2008-2009
This indicates to me both a change in the author's preference and that the later form is also predominant, so I think you could apply 22.2A1 and revised the heading itself to:
Benjamin, James J., $d 1965-
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On Tue, 20 Apr 2010, Kathy Winzer wrote:
We avoid adding cross references when the element in question is not the
first one to the right of the comma. When an author uses his middle initial,
where he previously did not, we do not provide a reference. I have in hand
two name authority records for the same person that I think resulted from
When cataloging In pursuit of justice by Richard B. Zabel and James J.
Benjamin, Jr., the cataloger did not notice that n86002004 Benjamin, James,
1965- included a 670 for the CIP t.p. (James J. Benjamin, Jr.) and created n
2008056697 for that form of name. Since the title page of the original title
dropped the middle initial, the cataloger creating the first record dropped
it from the heading and did not provide a cross reference to the fuller form
(since the difference was not the first element to the right of the comma).
When I add information to the older record from the newer one, is it ok if I
now add that fuller form? So a 400 for Benjamin, James J., 1965- ? But not
for the duplicate, Benjaman, James J., Jr.? I would like to avoid a repeat
of the duplication next time Mr. Benjamin changes his mind about how his
name should appear, but I am not always sure of how many cross references
would be helpful.
Thanks for any advice,
Kathleen M. Winzer
Robert Crown Law Library
Stanford Law School
Stanford, CA 94305-8612