You know the answer--you just need to know the RDA instructions to get you there.


This preferred title is covered by RDA Consider the English title as your preferred title for work, as taken from a reference source.   For your authorized access point for the expression, you follow RDA 6.27.3. Take the authorized access point for the work and add $l English so you get this: 100 1# $a Vorobëv, Marevna, $d 1892-1984. $t Life in two worlds. $l English


Note that there is no name/title variant to trace here in a 4XX.  See DCM Z1, Introduction, Name authority records:


An authority record for a name/title or a title access point is not required when the

preferred title of the work and the title of the expression manifested are the same or would be the

same due to normalization. An authority record may be created for these expressions but 4XXs

that represent the original work should not be added regardless of whether they are represented

by existing NARs or 1XX/245 combinations.



100 1# $a Allende, Isabel. $t Eva Luna. $l English


400 1# $a Allende, Isabel. $t Eva Luna


(Variant not added because that form represents the authorized access

point for the work)


I would not code the NAR provisional.  That book was published in 1962, so if no one has found a title in the original language by now, I doubt it will happen. However, if it does, the NAR can be updated.


Kate James

Policy and Standards Division

Library of Congress




From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Stephanie Fell
Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2019 10:54 AM
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Subject: [PCCLIST] Unknown preferred title?


I have a question about what to do when a preferred title is unknown/undiscoverable. The specific example I have is a translation of a work into English but the title in the original language is not given on the piece. I have done research looking for the original language, but have not found anything.


The book I’m cataloging is: Life in two worlds / Marevna Vorobev ; translated by Benet Nash.  Vorobev was Russian but also lived for years in France (as well as England), so the original language was her manuscript could potentially have been in Russian or French.

The preface states: “The manuscript which my old friend Marevna forwarded to me proved to be memoirs of her long life …”


I’m wondering if it’s necessary to establish a provisional authorized access point for: Life in two worlds. $l English

Or whether it’s reasonable to consider the preferred title to be the English language title and establish the AAP as such?


Thank you in advance,





Stephanie Fell

Rare Materials Project Cataloger

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Duke University


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