The National Archives Catalog


Object Description

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available Type Public Element
No No Variable Character Length (260) None File Unit
Item
Image Yes
Definition: A brief description of the digital object.
Purpose: Provides information about the Digital Object that is not apparent from Object Designator or Object Identifier.
Relationship: This element is independent.
Guidance:

Use this element if Object Designator does not provide sufficient information for users to distinguish among multiple digital objects or to indicate that a single object is only a representative sample of a multi-page document.

Enter brief information about the physical archival materials that would assist in distinguishing between the other digital objects associated with the archival description. If no title or caption exists on the physical materials themselves, the description might include the forms of the materials and a phrase reflecting the function, activity, subject, location, or theme of the materials.

Examples:
Digital Object 1: Object Description - Only the first page of this 12-page letter is available online.
Digital Object 1: Object Description - Only a representative page of this 8-page memorandum has been digitized.
Digital Object 1: Object Description - Northern Minnesota
Digital Object 2: Object Description - Southern Minnesota
Digital Object 1: Object Description - Table of contents
Digital Object 2: Object Description - Chapter 1, Page 1
Digital Object 3: Object Description - Chapter 1, Page 2
Digital Object 4: Object Description - Chapter 2, Page 1
Digital Object 5: Object Description - Chapter 2, Page 2
Digital Object 1: Object Description - Surnames beginning with A
Digital Object 2: Object Description - Surnames beginning with B
Digital Object 3: Object Description - Surnames beginning with C
Digital Object 1: Object Description - Aaron, Cleo. through Adair, Mattie
Digital Object 2: Object Description - Adair, Minnie V. through Adams, William C.
Digital Object 3: Object Description - Adams, William F. through Alberty, Mollie


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