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Spring Updates for RDA: Treaties

Notification of the April 22nd to RDA is making the rounds on various email lists. The Library of Congress has distributed a useful summary of these updates.

Of particular note are the changes that come into effect relating to the cataloguing of treaties expertly championed and shepherded by John Hostage our colleague at Harvard Law.

Here are the relevant changes concerning treaties:

6.19.2.7
One Treaty: Treaties, etc. is no longer used as the preferred title for a treaty. There are new instructions, including an order of preference, about recording the preferred title. Instruction renamed to remove “etc.” Note that several references and examples have changed throughout Chapter 6 as a result of this change and related changes.

6.19.2.8
Compilation of Treaties: Treaties, etc. is no longer used as the preferred title for a treaty. There are new instructions to record the collective name of the compilation as the preferred title if applicable and to apply the instructions at 6.2.2 if there is no collective name by which the compilation has become known. Instruction renamed to remove “etc.”

6.20.3
Date of Treaty: Renamed from “Date of Signing of a Treaty, Etc.” and 6.20.3.1-6.20.3.3 and substantially revised. The scope has been expanded to include other dates associated with the treaty (e.g. date of ratification) for use in this element. There are new instructions to record dates for a compilation of treaties by giving the date or inclusive dates (e.g., 1713-1715).

6.22
Participation in a Treaty: Deleted element “signatory to a treaty, etc.” and substituted new instruction (Cf. 19.3.2.13).

6.29.1.15
Treaties: The instructions for authorized access points for individual treaties have changed significantly.
Note in particular:

  1. Signatory to a treaty is no longer used as part of the authorized access point for a treaty.
  2. The authorized access point is constructed using the preferred title plus additions.
  3. Instructions for authorized access points for individual treaties have been collapsed into one instruction. There are no longer separate instructions for different types of treaties (e.g. Agreements Contracted by the Holy See), but there are still examples showing different types of individual treaties.

6.29.1.16
Protocols, Amendments, Etc.: Former 6.29.1.19 is now 6.29.1.16. Reworded to clarify that an authorized access point for a protocol is formed by adding elements from 6.29.1.30.3 to the authorized access point for the treaty.

6.29.1.17
Compilations of Treaties: Former 6.29.1.20 is now 6.29.1.17. The instructions for authorized access points for compilations of treaties have changed significantly.
Note in particular:

  1. Signatory to a treaty is no longer used as part of the authorized access point for any compilation of treaties.
  2. The authorized access point is constructed using the preferred title plus additions.
  3. Instructions for authorized access points for compilations of treaties have been collapsed into one instruction. There are no longer separate instructions for different types of compilations (e.g., Treaties, Etc., Contracted between One Party and Two or More Other Parties).
  4. Compilations of treaties that have a collective name (e.g. Treaty of Utrecht) use that collective name plus additions for the authorized access point.
  5. Compilations of treaties without a collective name follow instructions at 6.27.1.4.

Instructions 6.29.1.18-6.29.1.29 are renumbered but unchanged from former 6.29.1.21-6.29.1.32.

6.29.1.30
Additions to Access Points Representing Treaties: Revised former 6.29.1.33 as new 6.29.1.30. Contains these new sub-intructions for additions to access points:

  • 6.29.1.30.1 Treaties
  • 6.29.1.30.2 Compilations of Treaties
  • 6.29.1.30.3. Protocols, Etc.

6.29.3.1-6.29.3.4
Variant Access Point Representing a Legal Work or Expression: Reworded for consistency; examples changed and updated. 6.29.3.3 Variant Access Points Representing Treaties contains instructions on constructing variant access points using the authorized access points of a participant plus the title of the treaty.

19.3.2.13
Participation in a Treaty: “Participants in a treaty” (formerly known as signatories to a treaty) should now be considered as a type of “Other Person, Family, or Corporate Body Associated with a Work” at 19.3.2.13 instead of the former practice that treated them as creators. A new section with examples was added.

I.2.2
Relationship Designators for Other P-F-CB Associated with a Work: Added relationship designator “participant in a treaty.” This can be used for a signatory, ratifier, etc.

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