“… it is considered a compilation of two compilations of the works of one creator.”


Very well said! Should a single letter should considered a creative work, then, a compilation of letters of one person would be considered a larger work by itself as well, would it not? In this particular case, we have a still larger work at hand, “Correspondance, 1944-1959.” Ryan formulated the AAP neatly in response to Stephen’s question (what to use in case there would be a translation of it): 


130 _0 Correspondance, 1944-1959 (Camus and Casarès)


It seems to me, however, that everybody here was using subjunctive mood (would, might) as if it were an option, contingent upon whether there would be title conflicts or similar titles in NAF or OCLC. Why can’t we just establish it as such in the first place and let it have a unique identifier (RDA 6.8.1)?


Moreover, I find it difficult to determine the nature of work-to-work relationship, if the following pair of 700s in the same bib record: 


700 12 $a CasareÌs, Maria. $t Correspondence. $k Selections.

700 12 $a Camus, Albert, $d 1913-1960. $t Correspondence  $k Selections.


The first entry has not been established. The second is in NAF (n 2014019050), but it covers 4 different compilations, none of which is what we have here as a compilation.


Would the following combination seem more in the spirit of RDA and helpful for identification?  


130 _0 Correspondance, 1944-1959 (Camus and Casarès)

700 12 $i Container of (work). $a CasareÌs, Maria. $t Correspondence. $k Selections (Camus and Casarès)

700 12 $i Container of (work). $a Camus, Albert, $d 1913-1960. $t Correspondence  $k Selections (Camus and Casarès)






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Well, doesn't this show another weakness of RDA? It seems quite illogical (to me) to enter something like this under title. I was once admonished to stop thinking of 3x5 cards and was reminded that in an electronic database there's not such thing as "main entry" in bold black anymore. If the reasoning behind this is that we have "two works" or "two collections" issued together, then I wonder why the old "three works or more" was changed to "two works or more"??


A few years ago I cataloged an Italian work on the history of a small town/village during WWII. It included the diary of the village priest during that time period--quite large, if I recall. But I was told if I added that as a 700 12, well, then the entire work had to be entered under title because I then had two works issued together. I did so, but it just seemed totally illogical.


I would assume that most collections of someone's correspondence might include letters to him as well, so then should most correspondence be entered under title?? Makes no sense.


Sam Andrusko (retired LC cataloger, speaking only for himself)




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Hello PCC List,


Gallimard recently published the correspondence between Albert Camus and Maria Casarès. The book contains letters written by each of them.


Correspondance : 1944-1959 / Albert Camus, Maria Casarès


OCLC# 1010979515


The OCLC record is coded as RDA and it has Camus in the 100 field. In order for Camus to properly be in the 100 field, this would need to be considered a collaborative work (RDA


I’m more of the view that this is a compilation by two different authors since (in my view anyway) each letter can stand on its own as a separate work. If this is the case, then this should be entered under title according to RDA


I looked in OCLC for other RDA records for correspondence and have seen them cataloged both ways with no one way predominating.


What do you all think? Should collections of correspondence between two different people be considered collaborative works or compilations?


Thanks for your advice!


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