The National Archives Catalog


Process

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Element
No No Variable Character Length (60) Process List Series
File Unit
Item
No Yes
Definition: The technical or manual means by which the specific media type was created.
Purpose: Defines the process used to create the specific media type, which helps establish the conservation, 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 Process.
Guidance: Choose the correct term from the Process Authority List.

If using the term "Varied," include a Media Occurrence Note that identifies the processes as they are listed in the Process Authority List. Do not choose "Varied" unless it is necessary due to the complexity of the holdings.

Examples:
Artwork: Chalk
Photocopy
Sound Recordings: Equalization-Dolby C
Photographic: Gelatin Silver
Photomechanical: Collotype


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