EAD (Encoded Archival Description ; Version 2002 Official Site)

Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 2002

EAD Elements

<corpname> Corporate Name


The proper noun name that identifies an organization or group of people that acts as an entity. Examples include names of associations, institutions, business firms, nonprofit enterprises, governments, government agencies, projects, programs, religious bodies, churches, conferences, athletic contests, exhibitions, expeditions, fairs, and ships.

All names in a finding aid do not have to be tagged. One option is to tag those names for which access other than basic, undifferentiated keyword retrieval is desired. Use of controlled vocabulary forms is recommended to facilitate access to names within and across finding aid systems. The <corpname> element may be used in text elements such as <p>. To indicate a corporate entity with major representation in the described materials, nest <corpname> within the <controlaccess> element.

When a <corpname> is also the name of the institution providing intellectual access to the described material, nest <corpname> within the <repository> element. The <subarea> element may be used to show a secondary or subsidiary level within the <corpname>. When a <corpname> is also the name of the creator or compiler of the described material, nest <corpname> within the <origination> element.

The ROLE attribute can be used to specify other relationship(s) of the name to the described materials, for example, "compiler," "creator," "collector," or "subject." The ENCODINGANALOG attribute can be used to specify corresponding data categories in another coding system such as MARC. The NORMAL attribute can be used to provide the authority form of a name that has been encoded with <corpname> in narrative text, e.g., within a paragraph. Use the SOURCE attribute to specify the vocabulary from which the name has been taken, and/or the RULES attribute to specify the descriptive rules followed when forming the name. The attribute AUTHFILENUMBER can be used to identify a link to an authority file record that has more information about the name or cross references for alternative forms of the name and related names.

The <corpname> element is comparable to MARC fields 110, 111, 610, 611, 710, and 711.

See also the related elements <controlaccess>, <persname>, <famname>, <name>, and <subarea>.

May contain:

#PCDATA, emph, extptr, lb, ptr, subarea

May occur within:

bibref, controlaccess, entry, event, extref, extrefloc, indexentry, item, label, namegrp, origination, p, physdesc, physfacet, ref, refloc, repository, unittitle


AUDIENCE #IMPLIED, external, internal


    <archdesc level="collection">
            <head>Collection Summary</head>
            <origination label="Creator">
                <corpname encodinganalog="110" source="lcnaf">National Association for
                the Advancement of Colored People</corpname>
            </origination> . . .
        </did> . . .

        <head>Index Terms</head>
            <p>These records are indexed under the following headings in the catalog
            of the Minnesota Historical Society.  Researchers wishing to find related materials
            should search the catalog under these index terms.</p>
            <corpname encodinganalog="610" source="lcnaf">Board of Game and Fish
            Commissioners of Minnesota.</corpname>
        </controlaccess> . . .