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Use of the TYPE and ENCODINGANALOG attributes on <abstract> may assist in extracting information for such MARC equivalents as summary note (520$a) and biographical or historical data (545$a).
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<archdesc type="inventory" level="subgrp"> <did> <head>Overview of the Records</head> <repository label="Repository:">Minnesota Historical Society</repository> <origination label="Creator:">Minnesota. Game and Fish Department </origination> <unittitle label="Title:">Game laws violation records, <unitdate label="Dates:">1908-1928</unitdate> </unittitle> <abstract label="Abstract:">Records of prosecutions for and seizures of property resulting from violation of the state's hunting and fishing laws. </abstract> <physdesc label="Quantity:">2.25 cu. ft. (7 v. and 1 folder in 3 boxes)</physdesc> <physloc label="Location:">See Detailed Description section for box location</physloc> </did> [other possible elements and text... ] </archdesc>
<dsc type="analyticover"> [other possible elements and text... ] <c level="subseries"> <did> <unittitle>Documentary Movies, </unittitle> <unitdate type="inclusive">1952-1964</unitdate> <physdesc><extent>2.5 linear ft.</extent></physdesc> <abstract label="Summary:">Includes scores, arranged alphabetically by movie title, and some correspondence, arranged chronologically.</abstract> </did> [other possible elements and text... ] </c> [other possible elements and text... ] </dsc>
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