EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0

EAD Elements: <item> Item


A formatting element used in one of three contexts: as an entry in a simple, random, or ordered <list>; as part of a <defitem> inside a definition list; or as an entry within the <change> element. In the first instance, the <item> can be a number, word, or phrase. In a definition list, which is usually displayed as two columns, a <defitem> pairs a <label> with a corresponding <item> containing text that defines, describes, or explains the terms or other text tagged as the <label>. In the <eadheader> <revisiondesc> <change> element, the <item> designates information about a revision to the finding aid and is often paired with a <date>.

Do not confuse with <chronitem>, which designates entries in a Chronology List <chronlist>.

See also related elements <list>, <defitem>, and <change>.

May contain:

#PCDATA, abbr, address, archref, bibref, blockquote, chronlist, corpname, date, emph, expan, extptr, extref, famname, function, genreform, geogname, lb, linkgrp, list, name, note, num, occupation, origination, persname, ptr, ref, repository, subject, table, title, unitdate, unittitle

May occur within:

change, defitem, list


AUDIENCE#IMPLIED, external, internal


  1. <eadheader findaidstatus="edited-full-draft" langencoding="ISO 639-2">
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    <change><date normal="19970505">May 5, 1997</date>
    <item>This electronic finding aid was updated to current markup standards
    by Sarah Accords using a perl script. Updates included: eadheader, eadid, arrangement of
    did elements and their labels.</item>

  2. <list type="deflist">
    <item>Autograph Letter Signed</item>
    <item>Typewritten Letter Signed</item>

  3. <titlepage>
    <titleproper>The Edgar Holden Papers,
    <date type="span">1978-1993</date></titleproper>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    <list type="deflist">
    <label>Collection processed and inventory created by:</label>
    <item>Avery Thimble</item></defitem>
    <label>Processing completed:</label>
    <item><date>May 1994</date></item></defitem>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    [other possible elements and text... ]

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