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Description Date

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Element
No Yes Date None Record Group
Collection
Series
File Unit
Item
No No
Definition:

The creation date of a description.

Purpose: Enables NARA staff to track when a description was written.
Relationship: This element is independent, but it can be associated with Description Author.
Guidance:

Enter the creation date of the description.

Date Form
Enter the date in the MM/DD/YYYY form.
If the day is unknown, enter the date in MM/YYYY form.
If the month is unknown, enter the date in YYYY form.
Do not use 00 as a month or day.

Examples:
03/24/2000
06/1973
1956


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