RDA Treaties (April 2014)

So the instructions for access points for treeaties changed significantly with the April update to Research Description and Access (see the LC Summary of RDA Updates for April 2014 Update of the RDA Toolkit).

To summarize the biggest changes are:

  • Treaties, etc. is no longer the preferred title for treaties. Instead the preferred title is the name of the treaty in an official source, legal literature or other official designation (RDA 6.19.2.7)
  • The signatory doesn’t form part of the authorized access point for both multilateral and bilateral treaties. (RDA 6.29.1.15)
    • NOT: 110 1# Canada. ǂt Treaties, etc. ǂd 1992 October 7
    • NOW: North American Free Trade Agreement ǂd (1992 October 7)
    • NOT: Malaysia. ǂt Treaties, etc. ǂg United States, ǂd 2006 July 28
    • NOW: Treaty Between the United States of America and Malaysia on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters ǂd (2006 July 28)
  • Some other things to note include:
    • Source of the name of the treaty is in order to let you name the treaty in a logical manner.
    • Capitalization should follow guidance as mentioned in the RDA Appendix A.18 Names of Documents.
    • Variant access points should be added through the signatories (RDA 6.29.3.3)

So how about an example:

010    no2014066728
040 ## NcD-L ǂb eng ǂe rda ǂc NcD-L
046 ## ǂk 18801117
130 #0 Treaty Between the United States and China, Concerning Immigration
       ǂd (1880 November 17)
377 ## eng
380 ## Treaties ǂ2 lcsh
410 1# United States. ǂt Treaty Between the United States and China,
       Concerning Immigration ǂd (1880 November 17)
410 1# China. ǂt Treaty Between the United States and China, Concerning Immigration
       ǂd (1880 November 17)
430 #0 Treaty Concerning the Immigration of Chinese ǂd (1880 November 17)
430 #0 Angell Treaty ǂd (1880 November 17)
670 ## Treaty, laws, and regulations governing the admission of Chinese, 1906:
       ǂb page 3 (Treaty Between the United States and China, Concerning
       Immigration; Treaty Concerning the Immigration of Chinese; Concluded
       November 17, 1880; ratification advised by Senate May 5, 1881; ratified
       by the President May 9, 1881; ratification exchanged July 19. 1881;
       proclaimed October 56, 1881; 22 Stat. 826)
670 ## United States statutes at large, volume 22 (1864-1883): ǂb page 826
       (Treaty between the United States and China, concerning immigration)
670 ## Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State, viewed May 13, 2014:
       ǂb content (In 1880, the Hayes Administration appointed U.S. diplomat
       James B. Angell to negotiate a new treaty with China. The resulting
       Angell Treaty permitted the United States to restrict, but not
       completely prohibit, Chinese immigration) 
       ǂu http://history.state.gov/milestones/1866-1898/chinese-immigration

Some things to note:

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