EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0


EAD Elements: <container> Container

Description:

Information that contributes to locating the described materials by indicating the kinds of devices that hold the materials and identifying any sequential numbers assigned to those devices. This storage information can also help researchers understand how extensive the material is, especially in the absence of a specific physical <extent> statement. The <container> element is used most frequently at the component level, i.e., once a Description of Subordinate Components <dsc> has been opened.

Use of the TYPE attribute is strongly recommended to clarify the nature of the storage device. Typical values include "box", "folder", and "reel". When an assigned number combines box and folder identification, use the "box-folder" attribute value.

The Physical Location <physloc> element can be used to designate the shelves, stacks, rooms, buildings, or other places where the containers are stored.

Use the ID of the Unit <unitid> element to designate control numbers not associated with a physical container, for example, accession numbers. Most repositories use either <container> or <unitid> as the call numbers for fetching material for researchers. If both elements are used, consider setting the LABEL attribute to specify which element is the call number.

The PARENT attribute can be used to point to the <container> element that describes the box in which a folder is housed.

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
OTHERTYPE#IMPLIED, CDATA
PARENT#IMPLIED, IDREFS
TYPE#IMPLIED, carton, box, folder, reel, frame, oversize, reel-frame, volume, map-case, box-folder, page, folio, othertype

Examples:

  1. <dsc type="in-depth">
    <c01 level="series"><did>[...]</did>
    <c02><did>
    <container type="box">3</container>
    <container type="folder">18</container>
    <unittitle>Parent-Teacher Association of Fondsville
    <unitdate type="inclusive">1959-1972</unitdate></unittitle>
    </did></c02>
    <c02><did>
    <container type="box">3</container>
    <container type="folder">19</container>
    <unittitle>Pasta and Politics Club
    <unitdate type="inclusive">1967-1975</unitdate></unittitle>
    </did></c02>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    </c01>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    </dsc>
    

  2. <dsc type="in-depth">
    <c level="series">
    <did><unittitle>Correspondence<unitdate>1942-1987
    </unitdate></unittitle></did>
    <c><did>
    <container id="mss1993-043.1.1" type="box">1</container>
    <container parent="mss1993-043.1.1" type="folder">1</container>
    <unittitle><unitdate>1942-1943</unitdate></unittitle>
    </did></c>
    <c><did>
    <container parent="mss1993-043.1.1" type="folder">2</container>
    <unittitle><unitdate>January-August 1944</unitdate></unittitle>
    </did></c>
    <c><did>
    <container parent="mss1993-043.1.1" type="folder">3</container>
    <unittitle><unitdate>August 1944-March 1945</unitdate></unittitle>
    </did></c>
    [...]
    </c>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    </dsc>
    
    
    

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