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 188.8.131.52)
- The signatory doesn’t form part of the authorized access point for both multilateral and bilateral treaties. (RDA 184.108.40.206)
110 1# Canada. ǂt Treaties, etc. ǂd 1992 October 7
- NOW: North American Free Trade Agreement ǂd (1992 October 7)
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:
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:
- Date of the Treaty; just taking the date of signing/earliest date associated.
- Preferred title: as it is in Statutes at Large. If it was a later treaty (post 1950) I’d use other sources like United States Treaties and Other International Agreements or Treaties and Other International Act Series.
- Capitalization as specified in A.18.