I think it’s OK to use Karlag (Concentration Camp) in 370. I have an email from Dave Reser (who I hope won’t mind my taking his name in vain) from  February 2012, during the course of a discussion of 370 and non-jurisdictional place names, in which he says:


“We agree that not all 'places' are jurisdictions-- one of the first records our RDA catalogers needed to do was for someone born in the Auschwitz Concentation Camp-- caused us to reach the conclusion about 'places' defined rather broadly right away.”


I note that “Auschwitz“(Concentration Camp)” now occurs in 370 in 6 NARs:


n  90611635

n 2010072606

n 2010066815

n 2012073694

n 2002055629

n  80058472


On the basis of these discussions, and examples raised by our cataloguers, we included the following in the BL Guide to RDA Name Authority Records:


“New Data Elements

    370 – Associated Places

        Associated Place – General



Often, non-jurisdictional "places" are tagged by NACO convention as corporate bodies. Examples: airports, ships, concentration camps.
So in spite of the tagging, if an entity is a place, it may be used in the 370 field. So the authority record for a person born in Auschwitz Concentration Camp may have:


   370 |a Auschwitz (Concentration camp)

or someone born on an ocean liner might have:

   370 |a Queen Mary 2 (Ship)”

I think this is one of those cases where the RDA glossary definition needs to be tweaked in the light of experience (as was done for Profession or Occupation).







Richard Moore

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Subject: [PCCLIST] Place of death vs Affiliation


We're establishing someone who died in the Karlag concentration camp in Kazakhstan in 1943. Concentration camps are treated as corporate 110 entities by LC, and RDA specifies that a place of death (370 $b) should be a "town, city, province, state, or country." That seems to rule out specifying the camp as the place of death. Affiliation (373 $a) on the other hand is defined more loosely than the name would suggest. My reading is that we could specify (sidestepping the question of the form of name in the 373--in our source it's in Icelandic):


370 $b Kazakhstan

373 $a Karlag (Concentration camp) $t 1943


Still, I'd rather put the camp in 370 $b. The RDA Glossary defines "Place" as "A location identified by a name." Am I reading RDA's enumerated definition of "place of death" too narrowly? 







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