Quoting Keith Jenkins <[log in to unmask]>:

> I thought there might be some way to use but for some
> reason none of your example LCSHeadings show up in a search for
> "springfield" -- maybe place headings are not comprehensively included
> in right now only has "subject-only" headings. Geographic  
names are in the "names" authority file, along with persons and  
corporate bodies. has them all. has the geographic names along with the personal and  
corporate, although oddly you can limit your search in VIAF to  
personal or corporate but not to geographic.

At one point LC announced that they would be adding the names  
authorities to, but then reversed that and said that VIAF  
is / will be the source for LC names. I'm not sure it makes sense to  
separate the two authority files since most names can also be  
subjects. Perhaps LC hasn't really decided what to do.


> Keith
> On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM, Ethan Gruber <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I've just about completed a new XForms-based interface for querying
>> 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 name
>> - lower level], [administrative name - upper level])".  For a European city,
>> 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?
>> Thanks,
>> Ethan

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