Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 2002
<genreform> Genre/Physical Characteristic
A term that identifies the types of material being described, by naming the style or technique of their intellectual content (genre); order of information or object function (form); and physical characteristics. Examples include: account books, architectural drawings, portraits, short stories, sound recordings, and videotapes.
All genres and forms of material mentioned in a finding aid do not have to be tagged. One option is to tag those <genreform> terms for which access other than basic, undifferentiated keyword retrieval is desired. Use of controlled vocabulary terms is recommended to facilitate access to the information within and across finding aid systems. The <genreform> element may be used in text elements such as <p>. To indicate a function with major representation in the materials being described, nest <genreform> within the <controlaccess> element. To associate a <genreform> term with more detailed physical characteristics, use <genreform> within the <physdesc> or <physfacet> elements.
Use the SOURCE attribute to specify the vocabulary from which the term has been taken. The NORMAL attribute can be used to provide the authority form of a term that has been encoded with <genreform> in narrative text, e.g., within a paragraph. The AUTHFILENUMBER attribute can be used to identify a link to an authority file record that has more information about the term or cross references for alternative forms of a genre term.
See also the related access elements under <controlaccess>.
The <genreform> element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.1.5 and MARC field 655, and, when used in conjunction with <extent>, to MARC field 300.
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May occur within:
controlaccess, entry, event, extref, extrefloc, indexentry, item, label, namegrp, p, physdesc, physfacet, ref, refloc, unittitle
1. <controlaccess> <head>Index Terms</head> <controlaccess> <head>Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection:</head> <genreform encodinganalog="655$a" source="gmgpc">Architectural drawings</genreform> <genreform encodinganalog="655$a" source="gmgpc">Photographs</genreform> </controlaccess> </controlaccess> 2. <scopecontent> <head>Scope and Content of the Collection</head> <p>Although the bulk of the collection is composed of <genreform>letters</genreform>, <genreform>portrait photographs </genreform>appear in several series.</p> </scopecontent> 3. <c01 level="series"> <did>[...]</did> <c02 level="file"> <did> <unittitle>Diaries, </unittitle> <unitdate type="inclusive">1820-1864</unitdate> <physdesc><extent>14 </extent><genreform>diaries</genreform> bound in <physfacet type="cover material">red leather</physfacet></physdesc> </did> </c02> </c01>
May 26, 2006