<accessrestrict> Conditions Governing Access

<accessrestrict> is a wrapper element which contains information about conditions that affect the availability of the materials being described. These conditions may be based on location, physical condition, and restrictions imposed by another party. It may also indicate that there are no restrictions on the described materials.

This should not be confused with <userestrict>, which designates information about limitations on the use of accessed materials.

<accessrestrict> is one of the elements which may be used within <archdesc>, <archdescgrp>, <c>, <c01> through <c12>, and <descgrp>.


  • ALTRENDER – not required. Use if the content of the element should be displayed or printed differently than the rendering established in a style sheet for other occurrences of the element.
  • AUDIENCE – not required. Use to set whether the element’s contents will be visible to external users or to internal ones. Possible values are: “internal” and “external.”
  • ID – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • ENCODINGANALOG – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.
  • TYPE – not required. May be used to indicate the type of access restriction.


<accessrestrict> may contain further <accessrestrict> elements, as well as <address>, <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <head>, <legalstatus>, <list>, <note>, <p>, and <table>. Note, since PCDATA is not used within this element, it serves as a wrapper, at least of a <p> element containing the actual text.


See DACS Section 4.1, Conditions governing access (Required) and DACS Section 4.2, Physical access (Added value). (DACS 2013, pp.51-54)


Some examples of how <accessrestrict> may be used:

<p>Written permission must be obtained from Ruth Tillman for use of these materials:</p>
	<addressline>1600 Pennsylvania Ave</addressline>
	<addressline>Washington, DC, 20001</addressline>
	<addressline>Phone: 202-555-1234</addressline>
	<addressline>Website: http://eadiva.com/2</addressline>
<p>See the repository's main site for permissions form which must be completed.</p>
<p>There are no restrictions on access to this collection.</p>
<legalstatus>Public record(s)</legalstatus>

EAD tag library entry for <accessrestrict>.