Describing Archives: A Content Standard

n. (abbr. DACS) the set of formal rules for description of archival resources maintained by the Society of American Archivists


First published in 2004 and made an official standard in 2005, DACS was the first SAA descriptive content standard to provide guidance for all levels of description in finding aids. In 2013, the second edition removed Part III, which had addressed the description of corporate bodies, persons, and families. The most recent iteration of the standard was approved in 2019.