It is not strictly necessary to add a place qualifier to the name of a school district unless it conflicts with the name of another district, but it is an option under RDA  The name of the district didn’t change, so you need only one authority record.


You have 3 options:

1)      Leave off the place qualifier,

2)      Qualify by the name of the state, or

3)      Qualify by the name of the current county and make a 410 with a qualifier using the name of the previous county (cf. LC-PCC PS for


N.B. there are two NARs for Bicentennial Union High School District (La Paz County, Ariz.)



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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Marilyn Howard
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2020 15:52
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Subject: [PCCLIST] School district that changed counties


Dear Collective Wisdom,


I'm looking at reports for school districts in La Paz County, Arizona, and creating name records for the districts that don't have one.  I found some reports for the same district in Yuma County with the same address.  Turns out that La Paz County was separated from Yuma County in 1983.  Since the school districts are usually differentiated by the County I'm wondering if I need to create a separate record for the district with Yuma County or if I can add Yuma County in a 410.  I'd prefer the 410 option to make everything show up together.

Here's an example:  Bouse Elementary School District


I can't find any instructions that deal with this particular problem.  Can anyone lend some guidance or point me toward instructions I missed?



Marilyn Howard

System & Metadata Librarian

Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records

State of Arizona Research Library

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Phoenix, AZ 85009