Thanks Celine. 
We've been doing this since 2011, and have put it in our training materials (and the BL Guide in the RDA Toolkit) and trained others to do it when no more specific date is available. It's a component of ISO 8601, which is used in 046. We think it's very useful to record, in machine readable form, whether a person was active in 1700s, 1800, 1900s, 2000s, etc.
Richard Moore
Authority Control Team Manager
The British Library
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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging on behalf of C.J. Carty
Sent: Thu 06/06/2013 09:27
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Personal name with 046 $s 20

We're following the British Library guidelines here (available as a Global
Workflow in the RDA Toolkit) and so always give at least a century in 046
wherever possible.


On Jun 5 2013, Ziegler, Ruth wrote:

> One of our catalogers came across this authority record today. Are we
> adding an 046 $s for the century on personal names? See the example
> below:
>Hingarth, Veena
>046 $s 20
>[cid:[log in to unmask]]
>Best regards,
>Ruth S. Ziegler
>Authorities/Catalog Management Librarian
>Department of Description & Cataloging
>Florida State University
>Division of Special Collections & Archives
>711 West Madison Street
>Tallahassee, FL 32306-1005 USA
>Ph.: 850-644-5232
>Fax: 850-645-5671
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Céline Carty
Collection Development & Description
Cambridge University Library
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