|Mandatory||Repeatable||Data Type||Authority||Public Element|
|Yes||Yes||Variable Character Length (6000)||None||Yes|
|Definition:||Represents the name of the organization being described in the authority record.The official designation of an organization.|
|Purpose:||Controls the name of an organization.|
|Relationship:||Organization Name is the element on which all the other elements used to describe Organizations are dependent. To have any other element, Organization Name must be created. This element is not dependent on any other element.|
|Guidance:||Enter the official name of the organization. Use initial capital letters. End the name with a period.
Organization Name may contain subject access points to indicate the program area or the jurisdiction of an organization. If either is identified in Organization Name, source notes, and/or administrative history note, an appropriate program area term or geographic place name heading may be assigned from one of the following authority sources:
NARA Rules for Forming Federal Organization Names
When the Organizational Hierarchy is Unknown
To form the organization name of a joint committee, use "U.S. Congress." followed by the name of the joint committee.
To form the organization name of a committee or other subordinate unit (other than legislative subcommittees), use "U.S. Senate." or "U.S. House of Representatives." followed by the name of the committee.
To form the organization name of a legislative subcommittee, use "U.S. Senate." or "U.S. House of Representatives." followed by the name of the committee, followed by the name of the subcommittee.
Foreign Service Posts
For an agency, unified combatant command, or specified commands directly subordinate to the Department of Defense, use "Department of Defense." as the highest level, followed by the name of the agency. Do not use "Joint Chiefs of Staff." as an intermediate heading.
For a multi-service or sub-unified command directly subordinate to a unified combatant command, enter that command's designation as a subheading of the unified combatant command.
For a principal military service, use the name of the military department as a subordinate of "Department of Defense."
With the single exception noted below, enter the name of a single-service agency or command as a direct subordinate of the military department.
Exception: For a subordinate command of a single-service component of a unified combatant command, use the name of the superior service component as an intermediate heading.
For a unit that is identified by a number, use the style of numbering found in the official name (spelled out, roman numerals, or arabic numerals). Use "U.S." only if it is part of the unit designation. Descriptive terms which appear in parentheses (e.g., "mechanized infantry," "airmobile infantry," "105 mm Howitzer, Towed") are not part of a unit's official designation.
For a military installation, enter the full name of the installation followed by the name of the state or country in which it was located.
International Conferences, Commissions, and Expositions
To form the organization name of a delegation, use the term "U.S. Delegation." as the main heading of the organization name.
To form the organization name of a delegation whose U.S. representation is subordinate to a Federal agency, use the name of the agency as the main heading of the organization name.
To form the organization name of subordinate organizations of international conferences, meetings, and expositions, use the name of the subordinate organization as a secondary heading.
To form the organization name of an international commission, use the official name of the sponsoring or convening international body.
To form the organization name of an exposition, use the following conventions:
GUIDANCE FOR NON-FEDERAL ORGANIZATIONS
The guidance above governs the formation of organization names for Federal agencies, Presidential organizations, congressional bodies, and courts. It also governs international organizations for which NARA has accessioned records. However, the guidance does not govern the formation of organization names for State governments, non-profit organizations, private corporate bodies, or international organizations. Nor does it govern the formation of names of the Confederate States of America. The names of these organizations can be selected from the Library of Congress Name Authority File. (LCNAF)
If the name of a non-Federal creating organization is not available in LCNAF, the cataloger should follow RDA (Resource Description and Access) rules.