The National Archives Catalog

Total Running Time: Minutes

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Element
No No Numeric (10) None Item Yes Yes



The total duration in minutes of an audiovisual item.


Purpose: Informs users of the total playing time of an audiovisual item.


Relationship: This element is dependent on Copy Status. Each copy of the archival materials must have a copy status specified to have Total Running Time: Minutes. This element works in conjunction with Total Running Time: Seconds. The Guidance for this element explains the details of this relationship.



Enter the number of minutes for the total running time of the audiovisual item. To calculate the total running time, add together all the running times for the individual reels in an audiovisual film.

If the total running time is more than five minutes, round it off to the nearest minute.

If the total running time is less than five minutes, indicate it as minutes and seconds. To do this:

Do not enter the length as "2.5" minutes, instead enter it as "2" minutes and "30" seconds. (The "30" seconds is entered in Total Running Time: Seconds.)




[For a two-hour motion picture film.]








[For a one-minute sound clip.]

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