Generation is a designation used to differentiate original material and successive duplicates (e.g., original reversal pos, dupe neg).  In AMIM2, video generation terms are not standardized and therefore are not given.

Give the generation of a film following the film base if the film base is given.  Otherwise, give the generation following the dimension.

300 ## $a 10 film reels of 10 (ca. 105 min., 9,431 ft.) : $b si., b&w ; $c 35 mm. $3 nitrate pos pic.

300 ## $a 2 film reels of 2 (55 min., 1,980 ft.) : $b sd., col. ; $c 16 mm. $3 dupe neg.

Optionally, give a term that describes the level of accessibility of the material.  This term may be given in place of a generation term.  A few access terms have been included in the list of generations.  However, archives may need to develop more terms for local use.

300 ## $a 4 film reels of 4 (48 min., ca. 4,320 ft.) : $b sd., col. ; $c 16 mm. $3 triacetate viewing print.

300 ## $a 1 videodisc of 1 (CED) (60 min.) : $b sd., col. ; $c 12 in. $3 viewing copy.

300 ## $a 2 videoreels of 2 (ca. 120 min.) : $b sd., col. ; $c 2 in. $3 master.

Film generation terms and their abbreviations are listed below.  Use abbreviations, if given.  The list contains both general and specific terms.  Several of the broadest terms (e.g., neg, pos, pic, track, print) are to be used only if more detailed information about the film generation has not been determined.



answer print


color reversal intermediate


double edge negative track

double edge neg track

double edge positive track

double edge pos track

double edge track

double edge track

duplicate magnetic track

dupe mag track

duplicate negative

dupe neg

duplicate negative picture

dupe neg pic

duplicate negative track

dupe neg track

duplicate positive track

dupe pos track

internegative  [Use only for color]


interpositive  [Use only for color]


kinescope negative

kine neg

kinescope positive

kine pos

magnetic track

mag track

magnetic work track

mag work track

master  [Optional access term for video]


master positive

master pos

master positive picture

master pos pic

master positive track

master pos track



negative picture

neg pic

negative track

neg track

negative work track

neg work track

neopilotone synchronization

neopilotone sync

original magnetic track

original mag track

original negative

original neg

original negative picture

original neg pic

original negative track

original neg track

original positive track

original pos track

original reversal positive

original reversal pos

paper positive

paper pos





positive picture

pos pic

positive track

pos track

positive work track

pos work track



rerecorded negative track

rerecorded neg track

rerecorded positive track

rerecorded pos track

rerecorded track


reversal duplicate negative

reversal dupe neg

reversal master positive

reversal master pos

reversal positive

reversal pos

reversal print


theatrical projection print  [Optional access term for film]


successive exposure master positive

successive exposure master pos

successive exposure negative

successive exposure neg



viewing copy  [Optional access term for video]


viewing print  [Optional access term for film]


work print


work track



Optionally, use the abbreviation "comp" for "composite" before several generation terms to indicate that the film contains a combination of picture and track.  The composite designation is not required because the line of physical description includes the term "sd." as the sound characteristic for this material.  See 5C3.

comp answer print

comp dupe neg

comp master pos

comp neg

comp original neg

comp original pos

comp pos

comp print

comp reversal print

comp theatrical projection print

comp viewing print

comp work print

Optionally, do not abbreviate generation terms.

See also:

5.  Physical Description Area