Coverage Start Date
|Mandatory||Repeatable||Data Type||Authority||Level Available||A/V Only||Public Element|
The beginning of the time period covered by the subject(s) of the record group, collection, or archival materials.
|Purpose:||Enables users to retrieve and sort record groups, collections, and archival materials by subject time period. Distinguishes the subject coverage time period of the record group, collection, or archival materials if different from the inclusive dates (the time period when the record group, collection, or archival materials were created, maintained, or accumulated).|
|Relationship:||This element and Coverage End Date are dependent on each other. If Coverage Start Date is specified, then Coverage End Date must be created. Coverage Start Date Qualifier is dependent on this element. To have Coverage Start Date Qualifier, Coverage Start Date must be created.|
Inclusive Dates Versus Coverage Dates
Inclusive dates are those that comprise the time period during which the series was created, maintained, or accumulated as a unified filing system by the creator because of some relationship arising out of the records creation, receipt, or use. Coverage dates are those that comprise the subject time period covered by the archival materials. Normally, the subject dates are the same as the inclusive dates. However, if the dates are different, and that difference is significant, use the coverage dates as appropriate.
When the Date Span is Only One Specific Date
When the Date Span is One of Two Years
When the Date Span is Several Years
When the Date Span is a Decade
When the Date Span is a Century
Dates Before the Year 1000
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