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Title: 610 - Subject Added Entry - Corporate Name (R)

The Subject Added Entry - Corporate Name (610 tag) 
of the MARC 21 bibliographic record contains a 
corporate name used as a subject heading. A 
corporate body is defined by AACR2 as "an 
organization or group of persons that is identified 
by a particular name and that acts, or may act as 
an entity. Typical examples of corporate bodies 
are associations, institutions, business firms, 
nonprofit enterprises, governments, government 
agencies, religious bodies, local churches, and 
conferences." Chapter 24 of AACR2, "Headings 
For Corporate Bodies", contains rules for constructing 
corporate names in AACR2 form. 

RDA 11.2.1 provides basic guidelines on recording
names of corporate bodies.

A subject heading is a term or phrase used to
describe the content of a particular item. A 
subject heading makes the collection more 
accessible because library users would not have to 
know the title or the author of individual items to 
locate the information they need. They can use a 
subject term instead. 

The use and application of subject headings are 
determined by the controlled vocabulary list the 
library uses. In the United States the most popular 
subject heading lists used are either the 
Library of Congress Subject Headings or the 
Sears List of Subject Headings. Consult the 
subject heading list of your choice for the use and 
application rules and guidelines. 

Use the 610 tag to create the subject access for a 
corporate name in the MARC record. The first 
indicator specifies if the name is an inverted 
name, a jurisdictional name, or a name in direct 
order. Older records may contain corporate names in 
inverted order, while newer records will specify 
the jurisdictional name and the name in direct 
order. Jurisdictional names include governmental 
bodies at all levels. Non-jurisdictional corporate 
names are generally entered under its most commonly 
identified name. 

The most common subfields used in the 610 tag are 
subfield a, which contains the name of the 
corporate body, and subfield b, the name of the 
subordinate unit of the organization. A separate 
subfield b is created for each subordinate unit. 
Also, use subfields v for form subdivisions, x for 
general subdivisions, y for chronological 
subdivisions, and z for geographic subdivisions 
when appropriate. Additional subfields from the 
subfield list for the 610 tag are used when and 
where appropriate. 


First  Type of corporate name entry element

     0 Inverted name 

     1 Jurisdiction name 

     2 Name in direct order 

Second  Thesaurus

     0 Library of Congress Subject Headings/LC 
       authority files 

     1 LC subject headings for children's 

     2 Medical Subject Headings/NLM authority files 

     3 National Agricultural Library subject 
       authority file 

     4 Source not specified 

     5 Canadian Subject Headings/NLC authority file 

     6 Répertoire des vedettes-matière/NLC 
       authority file 

     7 Source specified in subfield _2 


     a Corporate name or jurisdiction name as entry
       element (NR) 

     b Subordinate unit (R) 

     c Location of meeting (R) 

     d Date of meeting or treaty signing (R) 

     g Miscellaneous information (N) 

     k Form subheading (R) 

     l Language of work (NR) 

     n Number of a part/section/meeting (R) 

     p Name of part/section of a work (R) 

     s Version (NR) 

     t Title of a work (NR) 

     v Form subdivision (R) 

     x General subdivision (R) 

     y Chronological subdivision (R)  

     z Geographical subdivision (R) 

     2 Source of heading or term (NR) 


The field ends with a mark of punctuation 
(., !, ?, -) or a closing parenthesis. This mark of
punctuation precedes subfield 2 when present.


Names inverted (older version), in direct 
order, and with a corporate name change

     610 04 _aWilson (H.W.) Company.
     610 04 _aWilson, H. W., firm, publishers.
     610 20 _aH. W. Wilson Company.
     610 20 _aWilson Company.

     610 04 _aDisney (Walt) Productions.
     610 20 _aWalt Disney Productions.

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
and LC's Name Authority List are designed for LC's 
own collection and are used by many large public 
libraries, college and university libraries, and 
special libraries. LC's lists are comprehensive, 
and have a large number of free-floating 
subdivisions that can be added to corporate names. 

Government bodies as subjects

     610 10 _aConfederate States of America.
            _bWashington Artillery Battalion (New
              Orleans, La.).
            _bCompany, 5th
            _xMilitary life.

      610 10 _aEgypt.
             _tTreaties, etc.
             _d1979 Mar. 26.
             _sEmbossed ed.

     610 10 _aIreland.
            _y20th century

     610 10 _aSan Diego (Calif.).
            _bPolice Department.

     610 10 _aUnited States.

     610 10 _aUnited States.
            _n(101st, 1st session :

     610 10 _aUnited States.
            _n1st Amendment.

     610 10 _aUnited States.
            _tDeclaration of Independence
            _zNew Jersey.

Performing groups as subjects

     610 20 _aABBA (Musical group)

     610 20 _aBeatles.

     610 20 _aHouston Symphony Chorale.

     610 20 _aKirov Ballet Company.

Corporate bodies as subjects in direct 

     610 20 _aApollo 13 (Spacecraft)

     610 20 _aAssociated Press
            _y20th century.

     610 20 _aCarnegie Hall (New York, N.Y.)

     610 20 _aCatholic Church.
            _bCongregatio pro Doctrina Fidei.
            _tDonum vitae.

     610 20 _aChicago Cubs (Baseball team)

     610 20 _aConstitution (Frigate)

     610 20 _aDuke Power Company
            _xTrials, litigation, etc.

     610 20 _aEuropean Economic Community

     610 20 _aGreen Bay Packers (Football team)

     610 20 _aMadison High School (Madison, Minn.)

     610 20 _aMadison High School (Portland, Or.)

     610 20 _aNational Academy of Education.
            _bCommission on Reading.
            _tBecoming a nation of readers.

     610 20 _aOrleans Area Vocational and Technical

     610 20 _aPhoenix Fire Arts (Firm)

     610 20 _aSociety for Advanced Medical Systems.
            _n(9th :
            _d1977 :
            _cLos Angeles, Calif.)

     610 20 _aUnited Nations
            _xEconomic assistance

     610 20 _aUnited States Strategic Bombing 
            _pPacific war

     610 20 _aWisconsin Association of Public

     610 20 _aWorld Council of Churches.
            _n(1st :
            _d1948 :

Library of Congress Subject Headings for Children's
Literature or Annotated Card (AC) Headings 
generally use the LCSH corporate names. 

     610 21  _aApollo 11 (Spacecraft)

     610 21 _aBoy Scouts of America

     610 21 _aIndependence Hall (Philadelphia, Pa.)

     610 21 _aUnited Nations.

     610 11 _aUnited States.

     610 11 _aUnited States.
            _tDeclaration of Independence

Sears List of Subject Headings is designed 
to meet the needs of small and medium-sized 
libraries. In Alliance Plus we use the Library of 
Congress Name Authority List for corporate name 
and title entries in Sears headings. Sears provides 
a smaller list of subdivisions to use with 
corporate names than LCSH. 

     610 17 _aCanada.
            _xOfficials and employees.

     610 27 _aCatholic Church

     610 27 _aDave Clark Five (Musical group)

     610 27 _aMissouri (Battleship : BB 63)
            _xDesign and construction.

     610 27 _aNorth Dakota.
            _bAdministration on Aging

     610 27 _aUnited States.
            _n(101st, 1st session :