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Organizational Contributor Type

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Element
No Yes Variable Character Length (40) Contributor Type List Series
File Unit
No Yes



The role of an organization that contributes to the creation of archival materials, such as producer, writer, or editor.

Organizational entities include meetings, conferences, commissions, production groups, and Federal agencies: any entity other than an individual.


Purpose: Enables users to search for archival materials by the role of the organizations responsible for authoring or contributing to the archival materials.


Relationship: This element and Organizational Contributor are dependent on each other. For each organizational contributor, Organizational Contributor and Organizational Contributor Type must both be included. If one organization has contributed in multiple ways, it may be represented in Organizational Contributor once and associated with several terms in Organizational Contributor Type.



Choose the correct type of the organizational contributor from the Contributor Type Authority List. The Contributor Type Authority List is based on the MARC Relator Code List.

If the type of contributor is unknown or uncertain, select "Other" and explain the circumstances further in Scope and Content Note. For example, a film may have the words "presented by" on it without clearly identifying the role of the presenter.


Creating Organization - Department of the Treasury.
Organizational Contributor - Disabled American Veterans.
Organizational Contributor Type - Producer
Organizational Contributor Type - Distributor
[For the motion picture "One Who Came Back," which was created to support the sale of war bonds.]


Creating Organization - Department of Transportation. U.S. Coast Guard. Office of Public and International Affairs.
Organizational Contributor - Department of Transportation. U.S. Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard Band.
Organizational Contributor Type - Musician
Organizational Reference - Department of Transportation. U.S. Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard Band.
[For a motion picture that is both by and about the band.]

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