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administrative history


n. ~ That portion of a finding aid or catalog record that provides context for the materials described by noting essential information about the organization that created or accumulated the materials.


Agency history is often used in governmental contexts. Typically such histories are not exhaustive but usually include only information that is relevant to the materials in the collection. They commonly include the full, legal name of the organization, as well as common short forms and earlier and later forms of the name; prominent dates, such as of charter, mergers, or acquisitions; function and mission; position within the hierarchy of a complex organization, including parents and subsidiaries; principal officers; and places of operation.