Princeton University Cataloging Documentation
Corporate name conflicts
There are no non-unique records for corporate bodies. Conflicts between identical corporate body names can, in theory, always be resolved. If two or more bodies have the same name, add an appropriate qualifier to each name. There is no order of preference for the choice of qualifier. For example, an appropriate qualifier for a political party or youth organization would be the jurisdiction that defines its scope of activity.
Choose qualifiers from the following types (RI24.4C)
1. Heading-Reference Conflicts
Heading-reference conflicts are resolved by adding a qualifier to the
reference only (RI 24.4C). Follow this principle whether the reference
is on the new record you are creating, or on a record already in the NAF.
2. Heading-Heading Conflicts
In the case of true conflicts between corporate body name headings, both headings should be qualified (although you may find cases in the NAF where this principle was not observed). This may mean changing an existing heading, as well as qualifying the heading you are about to establish.
Do not make additions to a corporate body heading to avoid a possible future conflict. Consider only names that are already in the NAF. However, common names which do not conflict may be qualified at the discretion of the cataloger to improve the heading (RI 24.4C).
Scope of body's activity
Socialist Labor Party (Tex.)
Church of God (Washington, D.C.)
Higher or related body
Environmental Law Society (University of California, Los Angeles)
Year of founding
New Jersey. Council [heading]
Wildcats (Musical group) [established first]
Institute of Industrial Engineers (1981- )
Front national (France : 1972- )
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