The National Archives Catalog


General Media Type Authority List

The General Media Type Authority List provides data values for the General Media Type element.


Artifacts
scope note: Physical objects made or altered by human craft, such as tools, utensils, weapons, objects for personal adornment, art, or other items that inherently give cultural clues about the person who made it or used it.
source: Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, 2009

Artworks and Graphic Materials
scope note: Encompasses works of the fine or decorative arts when their aesthetic or conceptual nature is emphasized, and prints and illustrations that depend upon line and not color to render the design.
source: Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, 2009

Bound Volumes
scope note: Books, magazines, and other media types in which pages are bound together to form a single volume. Examples include manuals, publications, and notebooks.

Flash Memory Devices
scope note: Digital data storage that consists of nonvolatile solid state memory and uses electrical charges to record information.

Grooved Media
scope note: Disks, cylinders, or other media containing a channel cut, embossed, or pressed into the recording medium that carries the encoded signal.
source: The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Cataloguing Rules, 1999

Loose Sheets
scope note: Items consisting of single sheets or multiple sheets that are unbound.

Magnetic Media
scope note: Magnetizable material in various formats, capable of storing information in the form of electromagnetic signals.
source: Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, 2009

Microform
scope note: Media used to record microimages.
source: Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, 2009

Motion Picture Film
scope note: A thin sheet of plastic, in a sheet or roll, used to capture a sequence of images that, when viewed in rapid succession, gives the appearance of movement.
source: A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology Online (SAA)

Optical Disks
scope note: Data storage devices in disk form that use lasers to write and access data and can store data in analog or digital form.
source: Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, 2009

Photographic Materials
scope note: The class of materials and material products used in the processing of photographs, including the constituent parts of the photograph itself.
source: Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, 2009

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