Coordinator: Margaret W. Hughes, Africana Librarians Council, Cataloging Committee

This report covers the period from Nov. 2015 to Oct. 2016.  Since the last report 5 new and 10 revised subject heading proposals were reviewed by funnel participants and submitted to the Library of Congress. The proposals originated with Margaret Hughes (Stanford), Joe Lauer (Michigan State), Peter Limb (Michigan State), Janet Stanley (Smithsonian), and Marcia Tiede (Northwestern).


Afo (African people) –> Afo (Nigerian people)

Attie language

Bafo (African people)

Congo (Brazzaville)—History—Coup d’état, 1968

Felup (African people) –> Jola-Felupe (African people)

Fon (African people)

Janjanbureh Island (Gambia)

Mankanya language

Margi language –> Marghi language

Okiek language

Proverbs, Ashanti – deleted in lieu of: Proverbs, Twi

Rudolf, Lake (Kenya and Ethiopia) –> Turkana, Lake (Kenya and Ethiopia)

Tuki language

Ubuntu (Philosophy)

Wumbvu language


Ajatado (African people)                [see:

Berber languages                            [see:

Cental Atlas Tamazight language [see:

Karon (African people)    [see:

Tsotsitaal languages        [see:


Indigenous peoples—South Africa; Indigenous peoples—Angola; Blacks—South Africa; Blacks—Angola

“These proposals were made to deprecate the headings Indigenous peoples—South Africa and Indigenous peoples—Angola in favor of Blacks—South Africa and Blacks—Angola, respectively.

Blacks is an ethnic group and Indigenous peoples is a class of persons. Although the indigenous peoples of South Africa and Angola are indeed black, the two headings are not synonymous.  The heading Blacks refers to blacks as an element of the population, and when a country is predominantly black – as South Africa and Angola are – it is used only for works that discuss blacks apart from other groups in the country. Indigenous peoples, meanwhile, is defined as “the aboriginal inhabitants either of colonial areas or of modern states where the aboriginal peoples are not in control of the government” (see the scope notes for Blacks and Indigenous peoples).

The heading Indigenous peoples is valid for works about the colonial period in each country, as well as works about apartheid-era South Africa. It is not valid for works about post-1975 Angola and post-1994 South Africa.  The heading Blacks is valid for works about blacks as a distinct element of the population during any time period, and particularly those works that discuss the group from an ethnological, anthropological, socio-economic, etc., viewpoint.

A review of LC’s database showed that the headings are generally applied correctly.

The meeting recognizes that some general headings for the indigenous peoples of the Americas (e.g., Indians of Central America) have a UF in the form Indigenous peoples—[place], thereby conflating ethnic groups and classes of persons. That exceptional practice will be resolved as a separate issue.

The proposals were not approved because the deprecated headings are not synonymous with those proposed as replacements.”


The following authority records have been deleted because the subject headings are covered by identical name headings: Amon (Egyptian deity), Aten (Egyptian deity), Horus (Egyptian deity).

The scope notes for “diaspora” headings have been revised following the pattern for African diaspora:

African diaspora    [Not Subd Geog]    [sp 91005631 ]
SA headings of the type Africans–[place] or Blacks–[place] DELETE FIELD
Here are entered works dealing with the dispersion of Black Africans to countries outside of the African Continent. DELETE FIELD

Here are entered works dealing with the movement of Black Africans to countries outside of the African Continent. For works on Black Africans who have settled outside Africa, an additional heading is assigned to designate the place where they have settled, e.g., Africans–Germany; Blacks–Central America. ADD FIELD


Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings: Monthly Lists for Nov. 2015-Oct. 2016

The submitting library’s MARC21 code appears after each entry.

African drama (Portuguese) – DLC

Algeria—Social conditions—1830-1962 – CSt

Almanacs, Algerian – DLC

Almanacs, Berber – DLC

Art, Cham-Mwana – NN

Art, Gambian – DLC

Art, Rwandan – DLC

Authors, Equatorial Guinean – Uk

Bandjoun literature – CSt

Bi’r Minayh Site (Egypt) – UkCU

Cham-Mwana (African people) – NN

Collage, Algerian – DLC

Coups d’état—Congo (Brazzaville) – DLC

Creative nonfiction, African (English) – CaOONL

Cufada Lake (Guinea-Bissau) – IEN

Diouboye (Extinct city) – IEN

Dramatists, Nigerien – IEN

Drawing, Ivoirian – DLC

Duala (African people) – CSt

Egyptians in literature – DLC

Enya language – DLC

Folk literature, Bandjoun – CSt

Folk literature, West African – CSt

Foreign workers, Mauritian – CSt

Gadabano (African people) – DLC

Gambian fiction (English) – WaU

Gambian literature (English) – DLC

Gawwada language – CSt

Gutazar (African people) – DLC

Habbānīyah (Arab tribe) – DLC

Hawwārah (Berber people) – DLC

Ibani (African people) – CSt

Jewish cooking—Moroccan style – CSt

Karon language – CSt

Kukele language – InFwCT

Lesothan fiction (English) – WaU

Love poetry, Tamashek – DLC

Madagascar—History—1992- –> Madagascar—History—1992-2010 – IEN

Madagascar—History—2010- – IEN

Madagascar—Politics and government—1992- –> Madagascar—Politics and government—1992-2010 – IEN

Madagascar—Politics and government—2010-  – IEN

Mahé Island (Seychelles) – WaU

Mālikīyah (Berber tribe) – DLC

Motion picture plays, South African (English) – WaU

Nama poetry – DLC

National characteristics, Angolan – DGPO

National characteristics, Botswanan – DGPO

National characteristics, Burkinabe – DGPO

National characteristics, Djiboutian – DGPO

National characteristics, Gabonese – DGPO

National characteristics, Guinea-Bissauan – DLC

National characteristics, Guinea-Bissauan, in literature – DLC

National characteristics, Nigerien – DGPO

National characteristics, Rwandan – DGPO

National characteristics, Tanzanian – DGPO

National characteristics, Ugandan – DGPO

Ndonga poetry – DLC

Okande (African people) – CSt

Political prisoners’ writings, Moroccan (French) – WaU

Pottery, Cham-Mwana – DLC

Pottery, Nigerian – DLC

Proto-Central Chadic language – UkOxU

Proverbs, Kakwa – CSt

Proverbs, Nubian – CLU

Rawḍ ‘Ā’id Wadi (Egypt) – UkCU

Réserve naturelle de Tsingy du Namoroka (Madagascar) – IEN

Rokel River (Sierra Leone) – IEN

Rokel River Watershed – IEN

Satire, Tamazight – CLU

Short stories, Botswanan (English) – WaU

Short stories, Gambian (English) – WaU

Short stories, Lesothan (English) – WaU

Short stories, South Sudanese (English) – WaU

South Sudanese fiction (English) – WaU

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