The National Archives Catalog

Description Author

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Element
No Yes Variable Character Length (700) None Record Group
File Unit
No No


Definition: The person, organization, or project responsible for the intellectual content of a description.


Purpose: Enables NARA staff to track who wrote a description as distinct from a person responsible for data entry.


Relationship: This element is independent but it can be associated with Description Date.


Guidance: Enter the author of the archival description. If the source is a person, then enter the name in direct order (forename, middle name/initial, surname).


If the source of the description is a special project, then enter the project name.


Gary H. Stern


Air Force Scanning Project

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