Re: Alphabetizing Surnames

Subject: Re: Alphabetizing Surnames
From: Scott McClare <smcclare -at- DY4 -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 17:37:52 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tracy Boyington [SMTP:tracy_boyington -at- OKVOTECH -dot- ORG]
> Sent: Thursday, December 10, 1998 5:37 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: Alphabetizing Surnames
> > I wholeheartedly agree with Diane Plassey Gutierrez, who said:
> > <<snip>> ***Just ask the person the preferred format of her name.***
> >
> A great idea when it's possible, but I would also suggest coming up
> with
> some rule of thumb to use when asking is not an option.
> > If you can't, I'd vote for using both names as the last name, even
> without
> > a hyphen (as in Booth Luce, Claire).
> I picked her as an example because I was once looking for something
> she'd written under her maiden name, Booth, and the card catalog (yes,
> it was that long ago) said to look under Luce (I remember it because
> it
> annoyed me that they would wipe out the work she did under her maiden
> name, but that's another story). So it appears that, at least as far
> as
> your local library is concerned, the final name is the last name when
> there are no hyphens.
> > I believe that if people go to the
> > trouble to spell out both names, they should stay as a unit.
> (Otherwise,
> > why not Claire B. Luce?)
> Well, I guess you can ask Henry David Thoreau about that one. ;-) But
> the fact that a woman chooses to spell out her maiden name doesn't
> mean
> she considers it part of her last name. I occasionally use mine
> together, but I would hate for someone to assume that means I should
> be
> filed under "F" instead of "B." And what about middle names that sound
> like last names, and vice versa? How do you know if Mary Lee Edwards
> was
> born Mary Ann Lee or Mary Lee Jones?
> Don't we have some indexing experts on this list? I'd like to hear
> their
> opinions.
> Tracy
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