EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0

EAD Elements: <origination> Origination


Information about the individual or organization responsible for the creation, accumulation, or assembly of the described materials before their incorporation into an archival repository. The <origination> element may be used to indicate such agents as correspondents, records creators, collectors, and dealers. Using the LABEL attribute may help identify for a finding aid reader the role of the originator, e.g., "creator," "collector," or "photographer." It is also possible to set the formal ROLE attribute on the name elements that are available within <origination>, i.e., <corpname>, <famname>, <name>, and <persname>.

Provenance, as defined by ISAD(G), includes information about the organization or individual that created, accumulated, or maintained and used the documents in the conduct of personal or corporate activity.

The <origination> element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.2.1 and MARC fields 100, 110, 700, and 710.

May contain:

#PCDATA, abbr, archref, bibref, corpname, emph, expan, extptr, extref, famname, lb, linkgrp, name, persname, ptr, ref, title

May occur within:

archref, dentry, did, entry, event, extref, extrefloc, item, label, p, ref, refloc


AUDIENCE#IMPLIED, external, internal


  1. <archdesc type="inventory" level="subgrp">
    <head>Overview of the Records</head>
    <repository label="Repository:">
    <corpname>Minnesota Historical Society</corpname></repository>
    <origination label="Creator:">Minnesota. Game and Fish Department
    <unittitle label="Title:">Game laws violation records,
    <unitdate label="Dates:">1908-1928</unitdate>
    <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>
    [other possible elements and text... ]

  2. <archdesc level="collection">
    <origination label="Creator:">
    <persname encodinganalog="100" normal="Frisell, Toni" role="photographer">
    Toni Frisell</persname></origination>
    [other possible elements and text... ]
    [other possible elements and text... ]

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