DCM Z1:  678  Biographical or Historical Data

General:

When supplying biographical or historical data in a 678 note field, construct the note in concise but complete sentences, keeping in mind that the information will be used in public displays.

Examples:

678  0#  $a Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844) was a Mormon prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

678  1#  $a The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a political and military alliance founded upon the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949.  It has member countries from North America and Europe.  Since 1999 several former Warsaw Pact countries have joined NATO including Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania.  Additional non-member countries participate in NATO programs such as the Partnership for Peace

The 678 field was previously used to preserve useful biographical/historical information pertaining to the 1XX when manual NARs and SARs were converted to machine-readable form.  When adding biographical or historical information to NARs, the 678 note field should be upgraded to contain full sentences.

For more information on DCM Z1 Instructions, select:

DCM Z1:  Introduction

DCM Z1