Describing Archives: A Content Standard

n. (abbr. DACS) rules maintained by the Society of American Archivists specifying the data elements to be used to represent an archival resource and its components


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.