EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0


EAD Elements: <abstract> Abstract

Description:

A very brief summary of the materials being described, used primarily to encode bits of biographical or historical information about the creator and abridged statements about the scope, content, arrangement, or other descriptive details about the archival unit or one of its components.

Within the <archdesc><did>, the <abstract> is often extracted from the longer descriptions found in <bioghist> and <scopecontent>. Its purpose is to help readers identify quickly those materials they need to explore at greater length. Within the <c><did>, the <abstract> may describe unique characteristics of an individual Component. This information usually has aspects of <arrangement>, <bioghist>, <physdesc>, and <scopecontent>, which are not substantive enough to tag individually under those elements.

Use of the TYPE and ENCODINGANALOG attributes on <abstract> may assist in extracting information for such MARC equivalents as summary note (520$a) and biographical or historical data (545$a).

May contain:

#PCDATA, abbr, archref, bibref, emph, expan, extptr, extref, lb, linkgrp, ptr, ref, title

May occur within:

archref, dentry, did

Attributes:

ALTRENDER #IMPLIED, CDATA
AUDIENCE #IMPLIED, external, internal
ENCODINGANALOG #IMPLIED, CDATA
ID #IMPLIED, ID
LABEL #IMPLIED, CDATA
TYPE #IMPLIED, CDATA

Examples:

  1. <archdesc type="inventory" level="subgrp">
    <did>
    <head>Overview of the Records</head>
    <repository label="Repository:">Minnesota Historical Society</repository>
    <origination label="Creator:">Minnesota. Game and Fish Department
    </origination>
    <unittitle label="Title:">Game laws violation records,
    <unitdate label="Dates:">1908-1928</unitdate>
    </unittitle>
    <abstract label="Abstract:">Records of prosecutions for and seizures of
    property resulting from violation of the state's hunting and fishing laws. </abstract>
    <physdesc label="Quantity:">2.25 cu. ft. (7 v. and 1 folder in 3 boxes)</physdesc>
    <physloc label="Location:">See Detailed Description section for box location</physloc>
    </did>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    </archdesc>

  2. <dsc type="analyticover">
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    <c level="subseries">
    <did>
    <unittitle>Documentary Movies, </unittitle>
    <unitdate type="inclusive">1952-1964</unitdate>
    <physdesc><extent>2.5 linear ft.</extent></physdesc>
    <abstract label="Summary:">Includes scores, arranged
    alphabetically by movie title, and some correspondence, arranged
    chronologically.</abstract>
    </did>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    </c>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    </dsc>
    
    
    

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