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Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Public Element
No Yes Variable Character Length (700) Geographic Authority File Yes


Definition: The geographic area over which the organization had an administrative responsibility or about which it collected information.


Purpose: Provides an access point for users to search for organizations by jurisdictions. Provides information about the geographic locations pertinent to the organization's activities.


Relationship: This element is dependent on Organization Name. To have Jurisdiction, Organization Name must be created.



Select the geographic area under the organization's jurisdiction from the Geographic Authority File. The Geographic Authority File is based on the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® (TGN)

Give the name of the geographic areas for which the organization had administrative responsibilities or about which it collected information.

The geographic name may be as general or as specific as needed. Generally, the higher the organization, the more broad its jurisdiction. Accordingly, generic geographic terms should be assigned to these agencies, with specific areas attributed to organizations lower in the hierarchy.

Do not enter "United States" if the jurisdiction for an organization is the entire United States.

Jurisdictions indicated in this element must be noted in Administrative History Note or referenced in Organization Name.


Organization Name - Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers.
Jurisdiction - Japan (Asia) nation


Organization Name - Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. Civil Affairs Section. Tohoku Civil Affairs Region.
Jurisdiction - Akita (Tohoku-chiho, Japan, Asia) prefecture
Jurisdiction - Aomori (Tohoku-chiho, Japan, Asia) prefecture
Jurisdiction - Fukushima (Tohoku-chiho, Japan, Asia) prefecture
Jurisdiction - Iwate (Tohoku-chiho, Japan, Asia) prefecture
Jurisdiction - Miyagi (Tohoku-chiho, Japan, Asia) prefecture
Jurisdiction - Yamagata-ken (Tohoku-chiho, Japan, Asia) prefecture

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