Description Codes

Part 1 - Writers of documents

  • A Autograph -- author's hand
  • H Handwritten -- other than author's hand
  • P Printed -- published
  • T Typed

Part 2 - Types of documents

  • D Document
  • Fm Form
  • L Letter
  • Ta Audio transcript
  • Tv Video transcript
  • W Wire, telegram
  • Ph Photo
  • F Film
  • At Audio tape
  • Vt Video tape
  • Aw Art Work

Part 3 - Versions of documents

  • c Copy
  • d Draft
  • f Fragment

Part 4 - Signature

  • S Signed (Handwritten signature of author.)
  • Sr Signed with representation of author (Handwritten signature by author's representative)
  • I Initialed
Examples (upper and lower case are significant):

Handwritten Letter: Write = A, Type = L
Typed Letter Signed: Write = T, Type = L, Signature = S
Typed Letter with Handwriting, Signed: Write = T & A, Type = L, Signature = S