The National Archives Catalog


Element Number

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Element
No No Numeric (2) None Item Yes Yes
Definition:

The number assigned to an individual physical component that makes up a reel, tape, or disc. Commonly used when a film reel is made up of separate sound and picture elements, or when a film reel is composed of A and B rolls. For example, a film reel may be composed of an image reel and a soundtrack reel. The image reel could be designated element number 1, and the soundtrack reel could be designated element number 2.

Purpose: Indicates the sequence of the media occurrence in relation to the other media occurrences that make up the physical occurrence.
Relationship: This element is dependent on Media Type. Each media occurrence of the archival materials must have a media type specified to create Element Number.
Guidance: Enter the element number.
Examples:
1
2
3


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