The National Archives Catalog

Party Designation

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Elenent
No No Variable Character Length (25) Party Designation Authority List Series
File Unit
No Yes


Definition: The majority or minority party responsible for creating the archival materials.


Purpose: Party designation allows NARA staff to identify records created by majority or minority staff, which is an important distinction for management of closed records, completion of loans to committees, and description of records for future research use.


Relationship: None


Guidance: Choose the correct term from the Party Designation Authority List.




[For archival materials created by the Democrat party.]


[For archival materials created by non-designated, non-partisan staff.]



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