3.3 Collection-Level Information (Archival Description)
3.3 SECTIONS: «HomeBasic Description (The High-Level <did>)Controlled Vocabulary TermsAdministrative InformationBiographical Sketches and Agency HistoriesScope and Content NoteArrangementDescription of Subordinate ComponentsAdjunct Descriptive DataOther Descriptive Data
This wrapper element holds together the text of the finding aid, encompassing everything that is not included in the header or front matter. A required LEVEL attribute identifies the highest level of description represented by the finding aid; other attributes may be set as well.
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- level="collection" (entire collection described in finding aid) Required by DTD
- type="register" (for standard archival register) Recommended
- relatedencoding="MARC21" Recommended
See Tag Library for full list of attributes and their values.
The most significant subelements are listed below in recommended order:
- <did> Required by DTD See 3.3.1, Basic Description (The High-Level <did>)
- <controlaccess> Recommended See 3.3.2, Controlled Vocabulary Terms
- <descgrp type="admininfo"> Required See 3.3.3, Administrative Information
- <bioghist> Recommended See 3.3.4, Biographical Sketches and Agency Histories
- <scopecontent> Required See 3.3.5, Scope and Content Note
- <arrangement> Recommended See 3.3.6, Arrangement
- <dsc> Required See 3.3.7, Description of Subordinate Components
- <descgrp type="add"> See 3.3.8, Adjunct Descriptive Data
See Tag Library for full list of valid subelements.
Tagging Example 1:
<head>Selected Search Terms</head>
<head>Scope and Content Note</head>
<head>Organization and Arrangement of Papers</head>
Display of Tagging Example 1:
Selected Search Terms
Scope and Content Note
Organization and Arrangement of Papers
- The LEVEL attribute, required by the DTD, is set to level="collection" when the entire collection is described in the finding aid. If only one series of the collection is described in the finding aid, use level="series." See Tag Library for full list of values.
- Set the attribute type="register" for a standard archival register as created at LC. See Tag Library for full list of values.
- Set the related encoding attribute to relatedencoding="MARC21" for LC finding aids.
- Exceptions will occur in the recommended order, as listed above. For instance, most elements formerly subordinate to <add>, such as indexes and bibliographies, are most commonly found at the end of a finding aid. Other elements, like <relatedmaterial> and <separatedmaterial>, may be more logically found at the front part of the finding aid; these elements can be used where most appropriate. While EAD 2002 accommodates a flexible order of elements by unbundling the <add> and <admininfo> subelements, more demand is put on output specifications to handle greater variations in element configurations.
- A number of elements are available at the <archdesc> level but are also commonly appropriate at the component level. These include <note>, <odd>, and <arrangement>.
- The <daogrp> element can also be used at the <archdesc> level. This might be an image concordance for all <dao> elements in the finding aid. An image sampler would be encoded at the Collection Summary level, and component-level archival objects would be encoded at the appropriate level. See Sections 184.108.40.206, Digital Archival Object Group, and 220.127.116.11, Expanded Description of Components for treatment of <daogrp> in these cases.
Order: follows <eadheader> and optional <frontmatter>
Revision Date: 05/01/08