scope and contents note

n. DescriptionA narrative statement summarizing the characteristics of the described materials, the functions and activities that produced them, and the types of information contained therein.


Scope and content notes are part of finding aids and catalog records.


APPM2 1989, 1.7B2 Give information relating to the general contents, nature, and scope of the described materials. For archival collections give (in this order) the specific types and forms of material present, noting the presence of graphic or other nontextual materials such as illustrations, maps, charts, drawings, plans, photographs, sound recordings, or computer files; the dates within which the material bulks largest (if appropriate); when appropriate, the functions or activities resulting in the creation of the records; and the most significant topics, events, persons, places, etc., represented. . . .