Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is an XML-based standard for describing archival materials. This site is for people who are learning EAD or who simply need an easy-to-understand EAD reference. For more on why this site exists, why I created it when other EAD materials exist, and more, see the about page.

Main Content

This site’s main content consists of of an inter-linked EAD tag library. Each EAD element can be found simply by typing in http://eadiva.com/elementname, such as http://eadiva.com/accessrestrict. The tags are listed alphabetically as well as by finding-aid structure and type. Each element’s page includes a description of the element and its use, a list of its attributes and their definitions/possible values, a list of its subelements, and an example or two.

Essentially, it is a plainer-language, interlinked version of the Library of Congress’s EAD tag library. The DTD-type format of the attributes has been broken down into something easier for laypersons to read and understand and a few typographical errors have been corrected (after being checked against the EAD Schema). The project was begun with archives students in mind, but the material may be useful to those farther along in the profession as well.

Blog Content

The site’s blog does not yet have a defined purpose, but may be used to talk more about the development of an EAD finding aid, tools which allow one to generate EAD, and developments in the archival world.

If you have questions, comments, or critiques, feel free to contact me.