EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0

EAD Elements: <scopecontent> Scope and Content


A prose statement summarizing the range and topical coverage of the described materials, often mentioning the form and arrangement of the materials and naming significant organizations, individuals, events, places, and subjects represented. The purpose of the <scopecontent> element is to assist readers in evaluating the potential relevance of the materials to their research. It may highlight particular strengths of, or gaps in, the described materials and may summarize in narrative form some of the descriptive information entered in other parts of the finding aid.

Additional <scopecontent> elements may be nested inside one another when a complex collection of materials is being described and separate headings are desired. For example, when a collection is received and processed in installments, individual scope and content notes may be created for each installment. EAD permits these separate narrative descriptions to be encoded as discrete <scopecontent> elements, but it also enables the encoder to gather the independent <scopecontent> notes within a single larger <scopecontent> reflective of the materials as a whole. Nested <scopecontent> elements might also occur when an institution decides not to use the <abstract> element to generate a MARC summary note (field 520$a), and instead encodes the first paragraph of a long scope and content note as a separate summary <scopecontent> with an ENCODINGANALOG attribute set to MARC field 520$a.

The <scopecontent> element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.3.1 and MARC field 520.

Many elements, such as <scopecontent> are recursive (i.e., the elements are available within themselves) to facilitate the use of multiple headings with subdivided descriptions for complex collections, and to enable EAD markup to be used for a variety of output. In Example 1 below, <scopecontent> is repeated within itself to enable the extraction of a summary scope note for a MARC record.

May contain:

address, arrangement, blockquote, chronlist, dao, daogrp, head, list, note, organization, p, scopecontent, table

May occur within:

archdesc, archdescgrp, c, c01, c02, c03, c04, c05, c06, c07, c08, c09, c10, c11, c12, dentry, scopecontent


AUDIENCE#IMPLIED, external, internal


  1. <archdesc level="collection">
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    <head>Scope and Content Note</head>
    <scopecontent encodinganalog="520$a">
    <p>The papers of university professor and economist Mark Perlman span the dates 1952-1994,
    with most of the papers being dated between 1967 and 1989.  The papers consist chiefly of
    professional correspondence to and from Perlman, indexes to these letters, and a small number of
    subject files, but include none of his personal papers.  The collection documents Perlman's career
    as an economist and author at <corpname normal="Cornell University">Cornell,
    </corpname><corpname normal="Johns Hopkins University">Johns Hopkins, </corpname>
    and the <corpname>University of Pittsburgh </corpname>and reflects his interest in work
    arbitration, trade unions, and the economics of public health.  Among correspondents are many noted
    economists, including <persname>Moses Abramovitz,</persname> <persname>Martin Shubik,
    </persname>and <persname>Martin Bronfenbrenner. </persname>  While many of the
    letters are personal in nature, others contain considerable information about Perlman's work,
    particularly in the years around the publication of his works <title render="italic">Judges
    in Industry: A Study of Labor Arbitration in Australia</title> <date type="publication">
    (1954) </date>and <title render="italic">Spatial, Regional, and Population Economics:
    Essays in Honor of Edgar M. Hoover</title> <date type="publication">(1972).
    </date> Additional correspondence relates to the publication of the
    <title render="italic">Journal of Economic Literature.</title></p>
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  2. <dsc type="combined">
    <head>Detailed Description of the Collection</head>
    <c01 level="series">
    <unittitle>Record of Prosecutions,
    <physdesc>3 volumes.</physdesc>
    <p>Information provided in each entry: date of report, name and address of person
    arrested, location where offense was committed, date of arrest, nature of offense, name
    of judge or justice, result of trial, amounts of fine and court costs, number of days served
    if jailed, name of warden, and occasional added remarks.  Types of offenses included hunting
    or fishing out of season or in unauthorized places, exceeding catch or bag limits, taking
    undersized fish, illegal fishing practices such as gill-netting or dynamiting, illegal hunting
    practices such as night-lighting, killing non-game birds, fishing or hunting without a license,
    and hunting-related offenses against persons such as fraud and assault.</p>
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  3. <dsc type="analyticover">
    <head>Series Descriptions</head>
    <c01 id="S1006" level="series">
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    <c02 id="S1006.1" level="subseries">
    <head>S1006.1 Correspondence with family and friends</head>
    <unittitle>Correspondence with family and friends.</unittitle>
    <unitid label="Subseries:">S1006.1</unitid>
    <unitdate label="Dates of Creation:" type="inclusive">1962-1987.</unitdate>
    <physdesc label="Physical Description:">1.27m. of <genreform>textual records </genreform>
    and 4 <genreform>photographs.</genreform></physdesc>
    <scopecontent><head>Scope and Content</head>
    <p>Subseries consists of correspondence primarily from the friends and family of Margaret Laurence,
    although some correspondence from other writers and colleagues was mixed in as well.</p>
    <item>Title based on the content of the material.</item>
    <item><ref actuate="user" show="replace" target="S1006.1list">File list
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