The National Archives Catalog

Record Source

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Public Element
No No Variable Character Length (2000) Record Source Authority List Yes



External authority source that provided the authority record.



Provides traceability for an authority record imported from an external source.


Relationship: This element is dependent on Topical Subject, Geographic Reference, Specific Records Type, or Program Area. To have Record Source, one of these authority records must be created.



Indicate the name of the external source.




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Library of Congress Name Authority File

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