RDA-L Geographic names, changes of names

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On 11/6/2015 9:45 AM, fatima.albazzal@gmail.com wrote:
Should geographic qualifiers for works and corporate bodies be always authorized? What about specific cases where place names change, but are related with their earlier forms to a specific work, and here is an example from our collection:
a work entitled: 130 Majallat al- Maʻārif (Alexandretta, Syria : 1929).
source of information reads: Majallat al-Maʻārif, first issued 1929, published in Alexandretta, Syria (Alexandretta in Syria is now Iskenderun city in Turkey.

Unless things changed with RDA, the rule for qualifiers for uniform titles is that you use the latest form of the name during the lifetime of the title. See the short course in the Slavic Cataloging Manual http://www.indiana.edu/~libslav/slavcatman/rsufsrdesc.html

“Uniform titles follow the same rules as corporate bodies. When a title is qualified, it uses the latest form of the name during the lifetime of the title.
All titles qualified by e.g. Moscow (R.S.F.S.R.) will change to Moscow (Russia), but titles qualified by a city that has changed its name may, or may not change its uniform title.

Stupeni (Leningrad, R.S.F.S.R.)

A serial which continued to be issued after 1991, the title is changed to: Stupeni (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Krasnaia letopis (Leningrad, R.S.F.S.R.)

Which ceased publication in 1937, will not change.”

What I find puzzling in your example, the qualifier “Alexandretta, Syria” is reflected in the NAF record http://lccn.loc.gov/n85137291

“Alexandretta, Syria” certainly seems to represent a different jurisdiction, but Alexandretta (Syria) is a 451 instead of a 551 with the normal notes (Subject Usage: Not valid for use as a subject, use …).

Perhaps this is an example of a subsumed heading, but there is normally a note: 667 The following heading for an earlier name is a valid AACR2 heading ….

These are cases when we are waiting for a book where the earlier jurisdiction has been used. See http://www.indiana.edu/~libslav/slavcatman/subsume.html for an example.

But maybe I am wrong here.