Thanks for the info. Geonames has both "Springfield" and "Springfield
Township" as places in Bucks County. I may have to break with the
formatting rule on these presumably rare occasions since a user can select
Springfield Township as a place name.
On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 11:32 AM, Lovins, Daniel <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Hi Ethan.
> I think I may be able to help answer part of your question. There's a
> Library of Congress Rule Interpretation to AACR2 23.2 (LCRI 23.2
> "Modification of the Name" section 5) which states "For U.S. townships
> (called "towns" in some states) that encompass one or more local communities
> and the surrounding territory, ... add the term after the name of the
> state." And gives the following example:
> 151 ## $a Kintire (Minn. : Township)
> So I guess there's a difference between Springfield, PA the "town" and
> Springfield, PA the "Township", namely, that the latter includes more than
> just the town of Springfield.
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> Ethan Gruber
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> Subject: [CODE4LIB] A "right" way for recording a place name?
> Hi all,
> I've just about completed a new XForms-based interface for querying
> geonames.org to populate the <geogname> element in EAD. An XML
> representation of a geographical place returned by the geonames APIs
> includes its name, e.g., Springfield, country name, and several levels
> administrative names (Sangamon County, Illinois). Is there some sort of
> official way of textually representing a place? In LCSH, one finds:
> 1 Springfield (Bucks County, Pa.)
> 2 Springfield (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
> 3 Springfield (Burlington County, N.J.)
> Why 1 and 2 are distinct terms in LCSH, I don't know. The mode for dealing
> with American place names seems to be "[name of place] ([administrative
> - lower level], [administrative name - upper level])". For a European
> we find "Berlin (Germany)"
> Are these examples in LCSH the most common way to textually record places,
> or are there other examples I should look at?