The way you describe is how I’d do it. I’d choose as the 100 whichever form appeared, on the evidence, to be the form by which he was most commonly known.
I can remember having discussions about this in the mists of antiquity, but can’t point to a specific instruction. I guess you could say he was known as Charles Grimm, and as Buckey Grimm, but nobody ever really called him Charles “Buckey” Grimm.
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A question comes to mind as I establish for the first time a personal name with a nickname attached: Charles “Buckey” Grimm. Looking through the NAF, I find this kind of nickname treated as an alternative first name rather than as a conjured up middle name. It’s rare I come across a 100 or 400 reading Smith, John “Nickname”. RDA, the PSs, and the NACO training materials don’t address this matter.
Do I follow the precedent set in the NAF as I build out the 100s and 400s in Grimm’s authority record?
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