I agree with Margaret. I cataloged ethnographic materials for many years and occasionally ran across this issue. Since the place is not likely to be searched, because the author simply made up a name, I never used the pseudonym place name as a subject heading. Instead I added a note to the bib record stating that the place name is not the real place name, in order to protect the source of the data. In the subject headings I would use the real name of the place, or if I couldn’t find that, which I usually couldn’t, I would just use the larger place name, such as the name of the county, province, or country.
I think the NAR should be deleted.
I hope this helps.
A 150 with the qualifier (Imaginary place). See: Wakanda (Africa : Imaginary place)
However, what I would do is delete the authority record and drop the name of the town from the bib record. Maybe add a note that the name of the town is fictitious.
Margaret W. Hughes
Metadata Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences & Africana
Head, Classification Unit
Stanford, CA 94305
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] pseudonymous geographic name heading
It would need to be a 650, I believe as it is “fictitious.”
Our university press person asked me about a subject heading (for a geographic place) in the CIP block for a new book. The name in question is:
Kalikaha (Côte d'Ivoire)
The author of the new book had published an earlier work on this town back in 1998, prompting DLC to create the above authorized name.
It turns out this place name is a pseudonym; the author wanted to protect the villagers in the town where she does ethnographic research, so she uses a pseudonymous name (which is clearly stated in this new book).
My question: is it OK to have a pseudonymous geographic name in the name authority file? Should I just add a 670 field clarifying that this name is pseudonymous?