EAD (Encoded Archival Description ; Version 2002 Official Site)

Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 2002

EAD Elements

<scopecontent> Scope and Content


A prose statement summarizing the range and topical coverage of the described materials, often mentioning the form and arrangement of the materials and naming significant organizations, individuals, events, places, and subjects represented. The purpose of the <scopecontent> element is to assist readers in evaluating the potential relevance of the materials to their research. It may highlight particular strengths of, or gaps in, the described materials and may summarize in narrative form some of the descriptive information entered in other parts of the finding aid.

Additional <scopecontent> elements may be nested inside one another when a complex collection of materials is being described and separate headings are desired. For example, when a collection is received and processed in installments, individual scope and content notes may be created for each installment. EAD permits these separate narrative descriptions to be encoded as discrete <scopecontent> elements, but it also enables the encoder to gather the independent <scopecontent> notes within a single larger <scopecontent> reflective of the materials as a whole. Nested <scopecontent> elements might also occur when an institution encodes the first paragraph of a long scope and content note as a separate summary <scopecontent> with an ENCODINGANALOG attribute set to MARC field 520$a.

The <scopecontent> element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.3.1 and MARC field 520.

May contain:

address, arrangement, blockquote, chronlist, dao, daogrp, head, list, note, p, scopecontent, table

May occur within:

archdesc, archdescgrp, c, c01, c02, c03, c04, c05, c06, c07, c08, c09, c10, c11, c12, descgrp, scopecontent


AUDIENCE #IMPLIED, external, internal


    <archdesc level="fonds">
        <scopecontent encodinganalog="520">
            <head>Scope and Content</head>
            <p>Fonds includes records relating to the Department of Plant Ecology's administration,
            teaching and research; extension work relating to the Saskatchewan Weed Survey; and
            correspondence with a variety of institutions and individuals. A series of minutes and
            correspondence relating to the Saskatchewan Committee on the Ecology and Preservation of
            Grasslands (established in 1935) documents the efforts to establish permanent reserves of
            significant grasslands in  Saskatchewan.</p>

    <dsc type="combined">
        <head>Detailed Description of the Collection</head>
        <c01 level="series">
                <unittitle>Record of Prosecutions, </unittitle>
                <unitdate>1916-1927. </unitdate>
                <physdesc>3 volumes.</physdesc>
                <p>Information provided in each entry: date of report, name and address of
                person arrested, location where offense was committed, date of arrest, nature of
                offense, name of judge or justice, result of trial, amounts of fine and court costs,
                number of days served if jailed, name of warden, and occasional added remarks.
                Types of offenses included hunting or fishing out of season or in unauthorized places,
                exceeding catch or bag limits, taking undersized fish, illegal fishing practices such
                as gill-netting or dynamiting, illegal hunting practices such as night-lighting,
                killing non-game birds, fishing or hunting without a license, and hunting-related
                offenses against persons such as fraud and assault.</p>

        <p>Papers of the Lewis family, 19th-20th cent., mainly letters to: Elizabeth,
        Lady Lewis (1844-1931), with a few to her husband Sir George Lewis, 1st Bart. (1833-1911);
        to one of their daughters, Katherine Elizabeth Lewis (d. 1961), with a few to their son
        Sir George Lewis, 2nd Bart. (1868-1927); and to their grand-daughter Elizabeth Lewis,
        later Wansbrough (d. 1995). Many of the letters are undated; some can be dated from the
        postmark on the envelope, but several letters were kept in the wrong envelopes; most of
        Paderewski's and Whistler's letters had become separated from their envelopes.</p>