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720  Added Entry–Uncontrolled Name (R)

Record Type


Input Standards

Field (Full/Minimal)
1st Indicator  Type of name
blank character Not specified
1 Personal
2 Other
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards (Full/Minimal)
ǂa Name (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
ǂe Relator term (R) Optional/Optional
ǂ4 Relationship (R) Optional/Optional
ǂ6 Linkage (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number (R) Optional/Optional


A name access point that has not been formulated according to recognized cataloging instructions. It is used primarily for names programmatically mapped from non-MARC formats such as Dublin Core or ONIX. Names may be of any type (e.g., personal, family, corporate, meeting). Record the parts of names consisting of several parts in whatever order is desired. Repeat field 720 for multiple names.

Do not use field 720 for AACR2 or RDA cataloging.

Use field 720 when a name is mapped from a non-MARC format that does not adequately differentiate among types of name access points, e.g. personal, family, corporate, or meeting. Do not use field 720 for names intended to provide subject access. Use field 653 instead.

1st Indicator

Type of name. A value that indicates whether the name is personal, not personal, or the type is not known.

blank character

Not specified. The type of name is not known or not specified.


Personal. The name is known to be personal.


Other. The name is known to be other than personal.

2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank.

blank character



ǂa Name

A name not formulated according to recognized cataloging instructions. There are no requirements for the style, formulation, or structure of name, whether it consists of one part or several. Record parts in direct or inverted order. A single occurrence of subfield ǂa contains all the parts of the name. Repeat field 720 for multiple names.

720     U.S. Energy Information Administration, Coal Statistics Division, ǂe commissioning body.
720 1   Blacklock, Joseph, ǂe author.
ǂe Relator term

A designation of function that describes the relationship between a name and a work (e.g., collector, compiler, editor, illustrator, joint author, translator). Put multiple relator terms in repeated subfields ǂe.

720     Vonderrohe, Robert, 1934- ǂe editor
720 1   Theodore K. Hepburn, ǂe inventor
720 2   CAPCON Library Network, ǂe author
ǂ4 Relationship

For information about subfield ǂ4, see Control Subfields.

ǂ6 Linkage

Data that link fields when non-Latin script is entered. This subfield is system supplied and does not appear in OCLC online displays. Do not manually add subfield ǂ6. For more information about subfield ǂ6, see Control Subfields.

ǂ8 Field link and sequence number

For information about subfield ǂ8, see Control Subfields.


For indexing and searching information, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, field 720.


For more information, including content designator history, see MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data, field 720.

This page last revised: December 28, 2020