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Terminology Description

The action of either destroying/deleting a record or transferring it into archival custody.


Disposal authority:

A written authority issued by the National Archivist specifying which records should be transferred into archival custody or specifying which records should be destroyed/deleted or otherwise disposed of.


Disposal authority number:

A unique number identifying each disposal authority issued to a specific office.


Disposal instruction:

The specific instruction regarding disposal allocated to each record e.g. D for delete/destroy and A for transferring into archival custody.