EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0

EAD Elements: <relatedmaterial> Related Material


An Adjunct Descriptive Data <add> subelement for information about materials that are not physically or logically included in the material described in the finding aid but that may be of use to a reader because of an association to the described materials. Materials designated by this element are not related to the described material by provenance, accumulation, or use.

Do not confuse <relatedmaterial> with the element <separatedmaterial>, which provides information about materials that have been separated or physically removed from the described materials but that are related to them by provenance. Also do not confuse with <altformavail>, which encodes information about copies of the described materials, such as microforms, photocopies, and reproductions in digital formats.

EAD permits great flexibility in encoding information about <relatedmaterial>. Under one scenario, a repository may elect to note briefly the existence of such materials within a sentence in the Administrative Information <admininfo> element. Should the repository wish to list or describe the related items more fully elsewhere in the finding aid, it may insert a Reference <ref> link from the sentence in <admininfo> to an Adjunct Descriptive Data <add> element located at the end of the finding aid, where a <relatedmaterial> element is used to encode the longer description. Under another scenario, the repository may open <add> and <relatedmaterial> elements at the point where the description or reference first appears in the finding aid. The latter approach is appropriate when a <relatedmaterial> description is associated with only a single Component <c> rather than the <archdesc> in general. Regardless of where the <relatedmaterial> element appears, a repository may also elect to use an Archival Reference <archref> to link to an online finding aid or contain a formal citation to the related materials.

The <relatedmaterial> element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.5.3.

May contain:

address, archref, bibref, blockquote, chronlist, extref, head, linkgrp, list, note, p, ref, relatedmaterial, table, title

May occur within:

add, relatedmaterial


AUDIENCE#IMPLIED, external, internal


  1. <add>
    <relatedmaterial><head>Related Correspondence</head>
    <p>Researchers should note that a significant amount of the correspondence
    between Franklin Wigglethorpe and Nellie Forbush is extant. In addition to the incoming
    letters in this collection from Mr. Wigglethorpe to Miss Forbush, the letters written to
    Mr. Wigglethorpe by Miss Forbush are available to researchers at the Mainline University
    Special Collections Library.</p>
    <archref><origination><persname>Wigglethorpe, Franklin.</persname>
    <unittitle>Franklin Wigglethorpe Papers, <unitdate type="inclusive">1782-1809.
    </unitdate></unittitle><unitid>MSS 00143
    <p>An online guide to the Wigglethorpe Papers is available.
    <extptr actuate="user" entityref="mu-scl-00143" show="new"></p>

  2. <add>
    <separatedmaterial><p>Photographs and sound recordings have been transferred to the
    appropriate custodial divisions of the Library where they are identified as part of these papers.
    Among the sound recordings are the following broadcasts:</p>
    <separatedmaterial><p>Other papers of Earl Warren, which relate chiefly to his early
    years and public service in California, are held by the California State Archives in Sacramento.
    <relatedmaterial><p>Records relating to the Warren Commission are held in the National
    Archives and Records Administration.</p></relatedmaterial>

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