The National Archives Catalog


Geographic Reference

MandatoryRepeatableData TypeAuthorityPublic Element
Yes No Variable Character Length (700) None Yes
Definition:

The established, preferred form of a geographic place name.

Variant or non-preferred geographic place name headings lead to the authorized geographic place name heading.

Purpose:

Controls the heading or entry of the Geographic Reference authority record.

Supports the primary purpose of vocabulary control to achieve consistency in description and to facilitate retrieval.

Relationship: Geographic Reference is the element on which all other elements used to establish a Geographic Reference are dependent. To have any other element about a geographic place name, Geographic Reference must be created. Geographic Reference is an independent element.
Guidance: For cataloging geographic place name headings, see the Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings (Library of Congress).
Examples:
New Orleans (La.)
Rhode Island
Mississippi River
Mars (Planet)


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