The National Archives Catalog


Authority Sources

Authority Files      Thesauri      Authority Lists

AUTHORITY FILES

The Organization Authority File and Person Authority File are available via DAS (NARA's Description and Authority Service) and in many casses, result from the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF).

Geographic Authority File
This thesaurus is used to index the geographic subjects found in archival materials and the jurisdictions of archival organizational creators. The headings in this authority file result from the Library of Congress Name Authority File and Library of Congress Subject Headings. This authority file provides data values for Geographic Reference and Jurisdiction elements.

THESAURI

Topical Subject Thesaurus
This thesaurus is used to index the topical subjet content of archival materials. NARA created the Topical Subject Thesaurus from terms in Data Elements 800 (DE 800), the Library of Congress Subject Headings, and other sources. This thesaurus provides data values for Topical Subject Reference.

Specific Records Type Thesaurus
This thesaurus is used to indicate the specific records types of archival materials. Headings in this thesaurus result from the Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials. This thesaurus provides data values for Specific Records Type.

Program Area Thesaurus
This thesaurus is used to index the program areas or functions of creating organizations. NARA created the Program Area Thesaurus based on terms in DE 800 and other sources. This thesaurus provides data values for Program Area.

AUTHORITY LISTS

Intellectual Elements

Physical Occurrence Elements

Media Occurrence Elements

Digital Object Elements

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