I'm not sure if you intended this to go to the PCC list, but here is an answer: when a corporate body changes its name, the authority for the previous name is usually retained, and a new authority created for the new name. The two are linked by earlier-later see-also references. I've understood this to be so that the earlier name can still be used on records for material entered under that name; also, when corporate bodies change their names, they often change the nature of what they are, through merger, de-merger, and so on.

For subject usage, LCSH prescribes that only the latest name applicable to the work should be used, unless the item also contains significant material relating to an earlier name.

This is different from the treatment of personal name changes, where the authorised heading itself is changed.

I hope this helps.

Richard Moore 
Authority Control Team Manager 
The British Library
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Mr. Franks,

I am wondering why LC changed an authority record I updated and created a new one for an entity that changed names.

The Thouvenel String Quartet (2010057591) was formed in 1975 by students at the University of Indiana.  Two years later the Quartet was hired by the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale and over time came to be know as the Permian Basin String Quartet (86140826).

I updated the  authority record for the Thouvenel String Quartet to loook like this.

110 2  Permian Basin String Quartet
410 2  Thouvenel String Quartet ǂw nne
410 2  Thouvenel Quartet
410 2  Strings of the West
410 2  Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. ǂb Permian Basin String Quartet 410 2  MOSC. ǂb Permian Basin String Quartet

LC removed the first two see references and recreated an authority record for Thouvenel String Quartet, I suppose due to the reference from Isthmus.  The article from Isthmus provided information on the formation of the Thouvenel String Quartet that conflicts with that from the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale.  Nevertheless, I believe that what I did was correct.  Can you explain what LC did for me.  I spent a fair amount of time sorting this out, only to see my work deleted.

Thank you,

Gary Oliver
Abilene Christian University
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