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General Note

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Element
No Yes Variable Character Length (2000) None Series
File Unit
Item
No Yes
Definition: Significant information that does not belong in any other element.
Purpose: Provides a place to capture information significant to the public that is not appropriate for any other element.
Relationship: This element is independent.
Guidance:

Enter information in this element when no other elements apply.

If Other Title is used, best practice is to enter the source and explain the type of the title, such as translated, agency-supplied or variant title.

If appropriate, enter information about related records, but not if the relationship is simply one of subject or provenance.

Write in complete sentences. Be precise and brief. Do not use acronyms or organizational designations that are not defined in either Title or Scope and Content Note. If General Note uses an acronym that is not defined in either Title or Scope and Content Note, define the acronym the first time that it is used in General Note.

Examples:
"Dawes Rolls" is the informal name of this series.
The man in the photograph was identified as Joshua L. Chamberlain by the Maine Historical Society (Portland, ME) and by the Pejetscot Historical Society (Brunswick, ME).
This series was known as "Miscellaneous" in previous finding aids.
This series serves as an index to the series "Correspondence of the Director, 1880-1932."


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