EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0

EAD Elements: <corpname> Corporate Name


The proper noun name that identifies an organization or group of people that acts as an entity. Examples include names of associations, institutions, business firms, nonprofit enterprises, governments, government agencies, projects, programs, religious bodies, churches, conferences, athletic contests, exhibitions, expeditions, fairs, and ships.

All names in a finding aid do not have to be tagged. One option is to tag those names for which access other than basic, undifferentiated keyword retrieval is desired. Use of controlled vocabulary forms is recommended to facilitate access to names within and across finding aid systems. The <corpname> element may be used in many text elements. To indicate a corporate entity with major representation in the described materials, nest <corpname> within the <archdesc> <controlaccess> element.

When a <corpname> is also the name of the institution providing intellectual access to the described material, nest <corpname> within the <repository> element. The <subarea> element may be used to show a secondary or subsidiary level within the <corpname>.

The ROLE attribute can be used to specify other relationship(s) of the name to the described materials, for example, "compiler," "creator," "collector," or "subject." The ENCODINGANALOG attribute can be used to specify corresponding data categories in another coding system such as MARC or ISAD(G). The NORMAL attribute can be used to provide a consistent form of a name that has been abbreviated in some parts of a finding aid. Use the SOURCE attribute to specify the vocabulary from which the name has been taken. The attribute AUTHFILENUMBER can be used to identify a link to an authority file record that has more information about the name or cross references for alternative forms of the name and related names.

This element is comparable to MARC fields 110, 111, 610, 611, 710, and 711.

See also the related elements <controlaccess>, <persname>, <famname>, <name>, and <subarea>.

May contain:

#PCDATA, emph, extptr, lb, ptr, subarea

May occur within:

bibref, controlaccess, entry, event, extref, extrefloc, indexentry, item, label, namegrp, origination, p, physdesc, physfacet, ref, refloc, repository, unittitle


AUDIENCE#IMPLIED, external, internal
SOURCE#IMPLIED, aat, aacr2, cdwa, dot, gmgpc, lcnaf, lcsh, lctgm, local, mesh, mim, ncarules, nmc, rad, rbgenr, tgn, ulan, othersource


  1. <archdesc langmaterial="eng" level="collection">
    <did><head>Collection Summary</head>
    <origination normal="NAACP" label="Creator">
    <corpname encodinganalog="110">National Association for the Advancement
    of Colored People</corpname></origination>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    [other possible elements and text... ]

  2. <archdesc langmaterial="eng" level="collection">
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    <controlaccess><head>Index Terms</head>
    <p>These records are indexed under the following headings in the catalog
    of the Minnesota Historical Society.  Researchers wishing to find related materials
    should search the catalog under these index terms.</p>
    <corpname encodinganalog="610" source="lcnaf">Board of Game and
    Fish Commissioners of Minnesota.</corpname>
    [other possible elements and text... ]

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