As for those 70+ name/title records: The authority toolkit recently acquired the ability to assist with this task. See the documentation at:

I am in the process of adding an option not to create the "former heading" 4XX for name/title changes. New installers including this option (default value: don't create the name/title 4XX) will be ready by 6:00 p.m. Central time.


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authority toolkit documentation:

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I would really hope we don’t need VAPs for all those name-title headings.



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I’m updating a composer’s NAR to include a death date.  There are an additional 70+ authority records for works by the composer (Walter Hartley). 


It’s clear from various guidelines, that when personal name authorities are involved, old forms of headings should be included as a see-reference.  For example, the CDM Z1 in the 4xx See From Tracings reads:  “Generally provide a variant form 4XX access point for a former 1XX authorized access point, unless the former authorized access point was egregiously incorrect.”  The NACO FAQ also indicates this practice (


What doesn’t seem as clear is whether the same practice should apply to name-title authority records.  In practice, sometimes such VAPs are included (e.g. the 350+ VAPs from ‘Byrd, William, 1539 or 40-1623’), but that is not always the practice (e.g. there are only 12 VAPs from ‘Glinka, Mikhail Ivanovich, 1804-1857’, though roughly 150 NARs were updated to reflect a name change).


I’d appreciate clarification on this point, before I revise all the NARS for Walter Hartley.


Thanks in advance,



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