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December 16, 2009

Present from PSD: J. Young


Changes were made as indicated on the approved list.

Subject Headings

Subdivisions to be added to lists of free-floating subdivisions.

H 1147, Animals.

$x Collection and preservation $x Licenses

$x Effect of mining on

Other decisions.

Gymnastics for girls

Subject Headings Manual instruction sheet H 370 says that case-by-case pattern reference decisions have been made for several types of headings that are constructed with prepositional phrases. Headings denoting sports for specific classes of persons fall into this group. The existing references on Gymnastics for girls follow the established pattern. The changes to the BTs for Gymnastics for girls were not approved.

Hohenzollerngruft (Berliner Dom)

Many of the members of the Hohenzollern family are buried in the crypt of the Berliner Dom, but the crypt itself is unnamed. According to SHM H 1334, if a work discusses a detail of a building that is not named, the appropriate generic headings for the type of detail and the heading for the building are used instead. The work should be cataloged using some or all of the existing headings Sepulchral monuments; Crypts; Hohenzollern, House of--Tombs; and Berliner Dom. The proposal was not approved.

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

On November 20, 2009 the BGN approved a new geographic name, Salish Sea. The existing heading Northwest Straits (B.C. and Wash.) includes as UF for Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.). The proposal to change the heading to Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.) led PSD to contact BGN to determine the exact relationship between the two geographic entities. According to BGN, the Northwest Straits is a subset of the Salish Sea; Northwest Straits comprises waters in seven counties of Washington State and stops at the Canadian border. The Salish Sea includes waters in twelve counties of Washington and in a portion of British Columbia. The GNIS records are in the process of being updated to reflect the new name. Proposals may be resubmitted to remove the UF Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.) from the heading Northwest Straits (B.C. and Wash.) and establish it separately. The meeting recommends that scope notes be included on each proposal.

Westenhanger Manor Barn (England)

It is unclear whether the medieval barn associated with Westerhanger Manor is a separately named structure. More research should be done to determine whether “Westenhanger Manor barn” is merely a descriptive phrase or if it is a proper name. If the former, the generic heading for the structure should be assigned, per H 1334. If on the other hand “Westenhanger Manor barn” is a proper name, then it is part of the Westenhanger Manor complex. Component parts of complex structures are entered directly under their own names and are qualified by the name of the complex structure (see SHM H 1334), which requires that the complex structure also be established. If “Westenhanger Manor barn” is a proper name, then the proposal for the barn may be resubmitted with an additional proposal for the manor.

Young married couples

The meaning of this proposal overlaps considerably with that of the existing heading Newlyweds and it would therefore be difficult to determine which heading to apply to a particular work. The heading Newlyweds should be applied to the work being cataloged. The proposal is not approved.

Other notes:

War on Terrorism, 2001-2009

The heading for the War on Terrorism was revised to close the date span because the phrase was coined by the Bush Administration and is no longer in use by the government. The scope note now reads:

Here are entered works on the events, metaphorically referred to as a war, consisting of military operations, diplomatic activities, and other counterterrorist measures undertaken by the United States during the period from September 11, 2001, to the end of the administration of George W. Bush. Works on government antiterrorist measures and activities during earlier or later periods are entered under Terrorism--Prevention.

Catalogers are reminded that the free-floating subdivisions valid for use under wars cannot be applied to the heading War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 (see the first paragraph of SHM H 1200).