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545  Biographical or Historical Data (R)

Input Standards

Required if applicable/Optional
1st Indicator  Type of data
blank character No information provided
0 Biographical sketch
1 Administrative history
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
‡a Biographical or historical data (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
‡b Expansion (NR) Optional/Optional
‡u Uniform Resource Identifier (R) Optional/Optional

Definition

A note with biographical information about an individual or historical information about an institution or event used as the main entry.

When no distinction between levels of detail in a biographical/historical note is required, subfield ‡a contains all the text. When a distinction is appropriate, subfield ‡a contains a brief statement and subfield ‡b contains additional information.

1st Indicator

Type of data. A value that identifies the type of data in the field.

 
blank character

No information provided. The value that indicates that information is not provided as to the type of data in the field.

545     Active from March 15, 1905 until April 17, 1989.
 
0

Biographical sketch. A biographical sketch.

545 0   Born Kingston, N.Y., April 4, 1856; worked at J.J. Bufford's Lith. in Boston, 1890-1895.
 
1

Administrative history. An administrative history of an organization.

545 1   The Office of Geography provided research and other staff services for the interdepartmental Board on Geographic Names and the Secretary of the Interior on foreign geographic nomenclature.

2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank ( blank character ).

blank character Undefined

Subfields

 
‡a Biographical or historical data

A brief note providing biographical information about an individual. Use subfield ‡a also for historical and administrative information relating to an organization. When no distinction between levels of detail in a biographical/historical note is required, subfield ‡a contains all the text. When a distinction is appropriate, subfield ‡a contains a brief statement and subfield ‡b contains additional information.

545     Author and reformer. Born Harriet Elizabeth Beecher. Married (1836) Calvin Ellis Stowe (1802-1886).
‡b Expansion

An expansion of the biographical or historical note given in subfield ‡a.

545 1   The Office of Geography provides research and other staff services for the interdepartmental Board on Geographic Names and the Secretary of the Interior on foreign geographic nomenclature. ‡b The Office inherited functions and records of earlier boards and committees engaged in similar work. The earliest of these, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, was created by an Executive order of September 4, 1890, to ensure uniform usage throughout the executive departments of the Government...
‡u Uniform Resource Identifier

The Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), for example a URL or URN, provides electronic access data in a standard syntax. Use for automated access to an electronic item using one of the Internet protocols or by resolution of a URN. Repeat subfield if digital object has multiple identifiers (URIs).

545     The Faribault State School and Hospital provided care, treatment, training, and a variety of other services to mentally retarded individuals and their families. It was operated by the State of Minnesota from 1879 to 1998 under different administrative structures and with different names. A more detailed history of the Hospital may be found at ‡u http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/80881.html

Substituting hexadecimal notation for diacritics and special characters in Uniform Resource Identifiers. When recording a URI in subfield ‡u, you may enter most of the spacing characters listed below as either characters or their hexidecimal equivalents. Consult the table below.

Note: Do not confuse the spacing characters listed below with their long-valid non-spacing counterparts. Use of the spacing characters will be limited almost exclusively to URLs.

Entry method Name Character Alternative entry (hex value)
Enter as character or hex value Spacing circumflex/circumflex accent ^ %5E
Spacing underscore/low line 1 _ %5F
Spacing grave/grave accent ` %60
Spacing tilde/tilde ~ %7E
Enter as hex value only vertical bar n/a %7C

1 Because the Spacing Underscore may cause problems with MARC output, users may prefer to continue entering it with the hexidecimal value %5F.

Indexing

For indexing and searching information, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, field 545.

Printing

Field 545 prints as a note. Subfields ‡b and ‡u do not print. See "5xx Introduction" for more information.

This page last revised: February 10, 2014