The National Archives Catalog

Coordinates (Latitude and Longitude)

MandatoryRepeatableData TypeAuthorityPublic Element
No No Variable Character Length (50) None Yes

Indicates the position of the place, expressed in degrees/minutes/seconds. Latitude is the angular distance north or south of the equator, measured along a meridian. Longitude is the angular distance east or west of the Prime Meridian, which runs through Greenwich, England. Meridians are imaginary north-south lines on the Earth's surface that connect both geographic poles, used to measure longitude.


Geographic coordinates indicate the location of a place on the globe.

Relationship: This element is dependent on Geographic Reference. To have Coordinates, Geographic Reference must be created.
Guidance: For cataloging specific records type (genre/form) headings, see the Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings (Library of Congress).
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