DACS

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Date added 11 August 2009
Last edited 4 November 2009

Full Title

Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Description

Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) is a combined US profile of both the international standards ISAD(G) (General International Standard Archival Description) and ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families. It provides rules for describing archives, personal papers, and manuscript collections, and is intended to replace Archives, Personal Papers, and Manuscripts (APPM). Implementation neutral, DACS extends the basic rules for describing manuscripts given in chapter 4 of AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition). It explains implementations and provides crosswalks for EAD (Encoded Archival Description) and MARC 21 (Machine Readable Cataloging) amongst other standards. A hierarchical description standard it describes effective multi-level description, guidance for creating authority records, and methods for constructing names.

Standards Developing Organisation

SAA

Rights

No information

Lifecycle Actions

Access, Use and Reuse
Description and Representation Information

Standard Framework

Digital Archive Standards

Standard Type

Metadata Description Standard

Current Version

2007 - Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
This publication is widely available from booksellers and relevant professional bodies. The 2007 publication includes an index.

Further Information

Alternative Current Versions

None.

Previous Versions

1989 - Archives, Personal Papers, and Manuscripts (APPM), A Cataloging Manual for Archival Repositories Historical Societies and Manuscript Libraries, 2nd edition, Steve Hensen
Superseded. This publication is now out of print but may be available from some booksellers.
2004 - Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
The 2004 edition is now out of print but can still be obtained from some booksellers. It lacks an index, which can be downloaded from the catalogue page for the book in: <a href= \\\"www.archivists.org/catalog/pubDetail.asp?objectID=1279&\\\"> The Society of American Archivists Publications and Products Catalog</a>.

Referenced Standards

AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition)
EAD (Encoded Archival Description)
ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description
MARC 21 (Machine Readable Cataloging)