#library friends I have a question for you: a curator at MPOW wants to know why so many books have a letter underlined in the last name. They passed along the image below with G in Gladstone marked.
We haven’t been able to give him an answer, just that potentially it helped identify an author quickly. Do y’all have any thoughts or insights?
@elenarchivist I would guess that it has to do with identifying the surname for filing purposes. Your surname would be a great example--file under C or under M? I should be filed under T for sure because Kitchin is my middle name, but not everyone knwos that.
@elenarchivist What @platypus said. I've run into issues to with Latinx surnames because many of them are doubled up. Like Gabriel Garcia Marquez should be shelved under G because his surname is Garcia Marquez. This isn't immediately obvious to a non-Spanish speaker, nor is it always obvious to someone who *does* speak Spanish.
Likewise, depending on the author's ethnicity, many cultures put the family name first. So in Japan, he's Murakami Haruki, and should be shelved under M.
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