Documentary Material Law and Legal Definition

Any materials on which any evidentially valuable information is recorded or encoded can be termed as Documentary Material. Documentary Material includes, but is not limited to, written or printed materials, photographs, films or negatives, audio or video tapes, and materials upon which information is electronically or magnetically recorded or encoded. The materials which constitute illegal imports, the fruits or instrumentalities of a crime, or things otherwise criminally possessed are excluded from the perspective of documentary materials.

The following are Federal Statutes defining documentary material:

According to 18 USCS § 1961 "documentary material" includes any book, paper, document, record, recording, or other material.

The term "documentary materials" is defined by 44 USCS § 2201 as all books, correspondence, memorandums, documents, papers, pamphlets, works of art, models, pictures, photographs, plats, maps, films, and motion pictures, including, but not limited to, audio, audiovisual, or other electronic or mechanical recordations.