The National Archives Catalog


Other Preservation Characteristics

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Element
No Yes Variable Character Length (60) Other Preservation Characteristics Authority List Item No Yes
Definition: Additional information about the physical nature of the archival materials needed for preservation purposes.
Purpose: Defines the physical characteristics of the archival materials, which helps establish preservation, storage, retrieval, reproduction, and use requirements.
Relationship: This element is dependent on Specific Media Type. Each media occurrence of the archival materials must have a specific media type specified to create Other Preservation Characteristics.
Guidance: Choose the correct term from the Other Preservation Characteristics Authority List.
Examples:
Artifacts: Copper alloy
Fastners/records adhered together
Motion Picture Films: Toned


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