The National Archives Catalog


Predecessor

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Public Element
No Yes Variable Character Length (700) Organization Authority File Yes
Definition: The name of the immediate predecessor organization.
Purpose: Identifies immediate predecessor organizations.
Relationship: This element is dependent on Organization Name. To have Predecessor, Organization Name must be created.
Guidance:

Choose the names of the predecessor organizations from the Organization Authority File.

Explain the predecessors in Administrative History Note.

Examples:
Organization Name - Department of Commerce. Environmental Science Services Division. National Weather Service.
Predecessor - Department of Commerce. Weather Bureau.
Organization Name - Department of Energy.
Predecessor - Federal Energy Administration.


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