EAD (Encoded Archival Description ; Version 2002 Official Site)

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Community and Support

The following Web sites are for activities and standards related to EAD, its usage and development, portals and deployment of EAD encoded finding aids over the Web.


ArchiveGrid (OCLC)

ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

Archives Portal Europe (APE)

The European Archives Portal provides access to archives and archvial finding aids from all over Europe.

Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo

The Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo is the search portal of the Portuguese national archives.


Encoded Archival Context – Corporate bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) primarily addresses the description of individuals, families and corporate bodies that create, preserve, use and are responsible for and/or associated with records in a variety of ways. Over time, other types of contextual entities may evolve under the larger EAC umbrella, but currently its primary purpose is to standardize the encoding of descriptions about agents to enable the sharing, discovery and display of this information in an electronic environment. It supports the linking of information about one agent to other agents to show/discover the relationships amongst record-creating entities, and the linking to descriptions of records and other contextual entities. EAC-CPF is a communication structure for archival contextual information for individuals, corporate bodies and families. It supports the exchange of ISAAR (CPF) compliant authority records.

The EAC-CPF Schema is a standard for encoding contextual information about persons, corporate bodies, and families related to archival materials using Extensible Markup Language (XML). The standard is maintained by the Society of American Archivists in partnership with the Berlin State Library.

EAD Version 1.0 (1998) - Superseded Documentation


The repository for documentation and activity of the Society of American Archivists Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards.

National Archival Database of Sweden (NAD)

NAD provides access to finding aids form the archival institutions of the National Archives (the National Archives, the Military Archives and the regional archives).

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (Library of Congress)

In addition to information about the NUCMC program and Library of Congress resources, this page contains information on archival education, professional organizations, grants, scholarships and employment, preservation, standards, and links to archives and manuscript repositories throughout the United States.

Online Archive of California (OAC)

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.

Portal de Archivos Españoles

Portal de Archivos Españoles is the search portal of the Spanish national archives.

Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC)

SNAC is a National Archival Authority Infrastructure for an Archival Authority Cooperative.

Society of American Archivists (SAA)

The Society of American Archivists (SAA), with the Library of Congress, serves as the maintenance agency for the EAD DTD and schemas.

The Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of EAD and EAC-CPF, including all schemas and related code, as well as the development of future companion standards, such as the proposed Encoded Archival Context for Functions.

The Encoded Archival Standards Section of the Society of American Archivists is intended to promote the implementation and use of encoding standards for dissemination of archival information.

Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange (TEI)

The TEI Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange define and document a markup language for representing the structural, renditional, and conceptual features of texts. They focus (though not exclusively) on the encoding of documents in the humanities and social sciences, and in particular on the representation of primary source materials for research and analysis. These guidelines are expressed as a modular, extensible XML schema, accompanied by detailed documentation, and are published under an open-source license. The Guidelines are maintained and developed by the TEI Consortium, through its Technical Council, with the support and participation of the TEI community.

TEI was created largely with a focus on text capture (i.e. the representation in electronic form of an already existing copy text in another medium) rather than text creation (where no such copy text exists), however, it should be equally applicable to text creation, and the two terms "text creation" and "text capture" are often used interchangeably in the Guidelines.