Inclusive Start Date
|Mandatory||Repeatable||Data Type||Authority||Level Available||A/V Only||Public Element|
The beginning date on which the record group, collection, series, or item was created, maintained, or accumulated by the creator.
|Purpose:||Identifies the beginning date of the record group, collection, series or item's creation, maintenance, or accumulation and serves as a primary access point to allow users to retrieve or sort by time period.|
Enter the beginning date on which the record group, collection, or series was created, maintained, or accumulated by the creator.
For preliminary descriptions, Inclusive Start Date may fall outside the dates of the creating organization.
Inclusive Dates Versus Coverage Dates
For donated materials, estimate the dates based on the person or organization that created the materials. If you know the birth and death dates of the Creating Individual or the establish and abolish dates of the Creating Organization, use those as Inclusive Start Date and Inclusive End Date. If the birth date or establish date is unknown, enter the first year of the century in which the collection or series was known to exist in the Inclusive Start Date. If the death date or abolish date is unknown, use the donation date as Inclusive End Date. In all cases, use the ca. qualifier to indicate uncertainty.
When the Date Span is Only One 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
[Between 1970 and 1979 the Justice Department created (through accumulation) a series of historical photographs, some of which were taken as early as 1939.]