AACR2 24.9 has no equivalent in RDA:

If a chapter, branch, etc., entered subordinately (see 24.13), 
carries out the activities of a corporate body in a particular locality or 
within a particular institution, add the name of the locality or 
institution, unless it is part of the name of the chapter, branch, etc.

The LCRI for it says:

The rule is for any type of organization that covers a large geographic 
area in which chapters, branches, etc., are necessary for local activities 
of the membership.  These chapters, branches, etc., can normally be 
recognized in two ways:

1)  The organization is a fraternal one;

2)  The designation of every chapter, branch, etc., includes a generic 
term that is either one traditionally used for such ("post," "lodge," 
etc.) or an imaginative innovation to convey the same sense ("valley," 
"stake," etc.).

Consider the presence of any of these generic designations used for 
presumably all the chapters, branches, etc., as sufficient reason for 
subordinate entry in all cases.

American Legion. William Peck Post No. 279 (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Grand Army of the Republic. St. Paul Camp No. 1
Scottish Rite (Masonic order). Valley of Minneapolis
Vasa Order of America. Carl XVI Gustav Lodge 716 (Dallas, Tex.)

None of this has been carried over in RDA or LC-PCC PS.

The only relevant RDA instruction that seems to apply is

Apply the instructions at to a name that is general in nature 
(e.g., contains neither distinctive proper nouns or adjectives, nor 
subject words) or that simply indicates a geographic, chronological, or 
numbered or lettered subdivision of a parent body.

We recently had to set up a body called Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1.  It's a 
lodge within the Sons of Norway.  It's not clear to us that "Leif Erikson 
Lodge No. 1" SIMPLY indicates a numbered subdivision of a parent body. 
"Lodge No. 1" would we think.  But does "Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1"?  As 
best we can determine there are many other Leif Erikson Lodges within Sons 
of Norway, but no other numbered No. 1.  So the question is, which is the 
correct RDA result:

Sons of Norway (U.S.). Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 (Seattle, Wash.)

Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1

Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 (Seattle, Wash.)

Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 (Sons of Norway (U.S.))

or something else?

If the answer is as we did it in AACR2 (the first result given above), 
then there's nothing in RDA or a policy statement that says to add the 
local place name as a qualifier unless it's part of the name.  Don't we 
need a policy statement if we want to continue to get the same result as 
we did in AACR2?

I searched OCLC authorities for RDA fraternal lodges and did not find any 
that were established differently than we were doing in AACR2.  That 
implies that catalogers are not really applying RDA as written but simply 
carrying over their knowledge of AACR2 and the LCRI for 24.9.

Adam L. Schiff
Principal Cataloger
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
(206) 543-8409
(206) 685-8782 fax
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