MARC 752 Added Entry - Hierarchical Place Name

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MARC field 752 in the bibliographic format contains a hierarchical form of a geographic name relating to an attribute of the described material. For rare materials, it is for the place of publication, production, or creation. All elements of this field are included in the Published/Created Place index in Hamnet's advanced search.

Commonly-used tags

  • Indicators
  • Subfield codes
ǂa Country or larger entity
ǂb First-order political jurisdiction
ǂd City


  • Add 752 to records for pre-1831 rare books, for post-1830 vault materials, and all records for art and manuscripts, for each place that has been explicitly named in connection with the publication or creation of a work.
  • Add one 752 for each place name mentioned.
  • If the publication is related to an event, such as a sermon or auction, add a 752 for the place of the event if different from the place of publication.


This field ends with a full stop unless other mark of punctuation is present.

  • For the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia, use the country name as the first element and the first-order political jurisdiction as the second element
  • If a place name has a parenthetical qualifier necessary for disambiguation, do not interpose it in 752 ǂc. Instead, subdivide according to the 781 field in the authority record. E.g., 752 Germany ǂd Weimar (Thuringia).
  • Australia is an exception to following the 781 in the authority record; interpose the state name between country and city, just as we do for Great Britain, Canada, and the U.S. It differs from the practice used for Weimar and Beaumont as illustrated below--the latter uses the qualifier to disambiguate cities of the same name.

Note that current practice is to include the country / "empire" name in the $a; i.e. ‡a Great Britain ‡b England ‡d London.

   Copy and paste rather than rekeying.
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Add "; rev [your initials] [today's date yyyymmdd]" to the record in first 852 $x; e.g.: ‡x EGB 20111117; rev JCK 20111130


Search Hamnet for authorized version of the place name. Use the "Staff hierarchical place name" under "Builder" search. Or this list might be enough:

752  ǂa Great Britain ǂb England ǂd London. 
752  ǂa Great Britain ǂb Scotland ǂd Edinburgh. 
752  ǂa Ireland ǂd Dublin. 
752  ǂa United States ǂb Massachusetts ǂd Boston. 
752  ǂa United States ǂb New York (State) ǂd New York. 
752  ǂa Australia ǂb Victoria ǂd Melbourn.  
752  ǂa Netherlands ǂd Hague. 
752  ǂa France ǂd Paris.