EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0


Numerous institutions and individuals assisted in the preparation of this tag library and in the overall development of the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Document Type Definition (DTD).

Grateful acknowledgment is given to the following funding agencies for their generous contributions: United States Department of Education for funding the initial research study, known as the Berkeley Finding Aids Project, which evolved into EAD; Electronic Book Technologies and its cofounder, Steven J. DeRose, for their technological support and contributions; the Library of the University of California at Berkeley for taking the lead on developing an encoding standard for archival finding aids and for sponsoring, with the Commission on Preservation and Access, the April 1995 Berkeley Finding Aids Conference; the Research Fellowship Program for the Study of Modern Archives administered by the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, for making it possible for the Bentley Fellowship Finding Aid Team to gather in Ann Arbor in July 1995 to begin designing the alpha version of the EAD DTD and to compile the Ann Arbor Accords (EAD design principles); the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program for funding and hosting the November 1995 meeting of EAD developers in Washington, D.C., and for hiring ATLIS Consulting Group to modify the alpha version DTD and prepare a draft alpha version tag library; the Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office for agreeing to maintain EAD as a descriptive standard; the Delmas Foundation for funding the November 1997 gathering in Washington, D.C., of the Society of American Archivists' Committee on Archival Information Exchange EAD Working Group, which met to consider proposed changes from early implementors and to revise the beta version DTD in preparation for release of the version 1.0 DTD; and the Council on Library Resources (now the Council on Library and Information Resources) for funding the development of the beta version tag library and application guidelines and for the development and publication of the revised version 1.0 tag library under the auspices of the Society of American Archivists.

Financial support for EAD has been matched by a steady commitment of time and energy from numerous individuals and their institutions, who have worked with Daniel Pitti (University of Virginia and formerly University of California at Berkeley) during the last three years as part of the EAD development team. They include the Bentley Fellowship Finding Aid Team of Steven J. DeRose (INSO, formerly Electronic Book Technologies), Jackie M. Dooley (University of California, Irvine), Michael J. Fox (Minnesota Historical Society), Steven L. Hensen (Duke University), Kris Kiesling (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center), Janice E. Ruth (Library of Congress Manuscript Division), Sharon Gibbs Thibodeau (National Archives and Records Administration), and Helena Zinkham (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division); those additional individuals--Randall Barry (Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office), Wendy Duff (University of Toronto), Ricky Erway (Research Libraries Group), Anne Gilliland-Swetland (University of California, Los Angeles), William E. Landis (University of California, Los Angeles), Eric Miller (OCLC Online Computer Library Center), Meg Sweet (Public Record Office, United Kingdom), Robert Spindler (Arizona State University), and Richard Szary (Yale University)--who joined with the Bentley Fellowship Finding Aid Team to form the Society of American Archivists' Committee on Archival Information Exchange EAD Working Group; Deborah LaPeyre (ATLIS Consulting Group) and Janice E. Ruth who edited the alpha version of the EAD Tag Library; Anne Gilliland-Swetland and Thomas A. La Porte (DreamWorks SKG and formerly Duke University) who prepared the beta version tag library; Stephen D. Miller (Duke University) who assisted with the version 1.0 tag library; and Alvin Pollock (University of California, Berkeley) who provided all manner of trouble-shooting and technical feedback. Also noteworthy was the critical role played in developing, refining, and implementing EAD by all the early implementors, who showed enough faith in the concept of encoded archival description to work with the project through several iterations of EAD and to generate invaluable feedback. In addition, the following institutions provided encoded examples for the tag library with which to illustrate tag usage: Archive of Ontario; Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan; Duke University; Durham University Library; Library of Congress; Minnesota Historical Society; Research Libraries Group; Public Record Office, United Kingdom; and York University.

Finally, Daniel Pitti deserves special recognition and gratitude for his enormous vision, patience, and tireless pursuit of this electronic encoding standard for archival finding aids.

EAD Working Group
Committee on Archival Information Exchange
Society of American Archivists

June 1998

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction EAD Design
Overview of
EAD Structure
Tag Library
EAD Attributes EAD Elements
by Tag Name
Index of
EAD Element Names

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