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
Collection
Series
File Unit
Item
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.
Examples:
Gary H. Stern
Air Force Scanning Project


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