The NACO participants' manual specifies that no location of data is needed (Section I, 670, I):

Examples for Archival Materials and Manuscripts
If manuscripts or archival collections are being cataloged, no "location of data" is necessary. Normally, it will be necessary to cite the main entry, due to the generic nature of the "title":
670<>  $a Austin, W.L. Papers, 1855-1932 $b (Burnham, Parry, Williams & Co.)
670<>  $a Johnston, A. Papers, 1865-1948 $b (Bethlehem Iron Company; later became the Bethlehem Steel Corporation)
670<>  $a Fowler, A.V. Papers, 1923-1970 $b (Albert W. Fowler; Albert Wose Fowler; Quaker librarian & archivist; b. 1940, son of Albert V. & Helen W. Fowler)
670<>  $a Oberlin College. Office of Business and Finance. Records, 1927-1988 $b (Lewis R. Tower, appointed first business manager of Oberlin College in 1954; retired in 1971)

It is worth noting that the main entry will not typically need to be cited for DACs compliant titles.

Additionally, since all online resource are considered to be published in RDA (, there is no question that an online finding aid is a published resource suitable for citation in a 670.


From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Bowers, Kate A.
Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 12:19 PM
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] question regarding using archives for NARs

We have just had a similar discussion at Harvard in mid-December where we have a cohort of about a dozen new NACO name trainees with at least half of them from archives or special collections.  The discussion included both trainees and reviewers and was directly addressing the question of citation of finding aids.

Our discussion concluded:

  1.  We could all use a template or model for collection citation.
  2.  We could all use a template or model for finding aid citation.  (We have not gathered post-holiday break to do this yet, but this is a great reminder that I need to schedule that!) A few points that were made:
     *   "Finding aid" does not belong in subfield b. It is not a "location" within the collection, it is a fully separate information source
     *   Model is likely to be something such as Archival resource title, date-date: finding aid $$b (data found) $$u link if finding aid online
  3.  Citation in NACO records should be for exactly what the NACO record creator looked at for the form of the name, which is very likely the finding aid, not the collection itself
  4.  Do we need always to cite the collection itself as the first 670 for the sake of cataloging warrant? Conclusion: if it isn't directly the source of the data in the NACO record, no. The points made were:
     *   Finding aid is evidence of cataloging warrant, further warrant for the existence of a NAR is not needed
     *   Collection citations typically are merely a subset of information in the finding aid citation, uninformative repetition
     *   Many NACO record creators are not the archival processing staff who handled the collection, so the collection itself is not the source of data in the NACO record
     *   Other catalogers are unlikely to be able to consult the collection itself, and information on the location of the data in the collection is not granular enough to get a cataloger to the source information, whereas the new finding aids that are likely to prompt name creation are also likely to be accessible online


From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> On Behalf Of Rebecca Uhl
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 10:53 AM
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [PCCLIST] question regarding using archives for NARs

We have an archivist who would like to begin submitting names for NACO, but I'm unsure how to cite archival resources in the 670, so am hoping those of you who work with these materials can help. The resource "cataloged" is the archival collection - how is that cited in the 670? By the title given by the processing archivist? Or should we use the finding aid available online and cite the online site, which is Arizona Archives Online?

I see archival resources regularly when I'm working with other names, but of course, now that I want to find one, I'm having trouble finding any. I didn't see anything that pertains in the DCM, except perhaps citing the collection as a local file.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Rebecca Uhl
Principal Cataloger
Cataloging & Metadata Management
Acquisitions & Metadata Services
Arizona State University
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