<archdescgrp> Archival Description Group

<archdescgrp> is a wrapper element used within <eadgrp> which may contain all the elements normally found in <archdesc> but which contains <dscgrp> instead of <dsc>. The <did> element is required to appear in <archdescgrp> before more specific subelements.


  • 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.
  • LEVEL – required. You must designate whether this is a class, collection, file, fonds, item, otherlevel, recordgrp, series, subfonds, subgrp, or subseries.
  • OTHERLEVEL – if you set the LEVEL attribute to “otherlevel,” because your repository has a different term for it, you must specify the other term here.
  • RELATEDENCODING – not required. If only <the archdescgrp> element (not the entire finding aid) is going to be mapped to a particular standard such as MARC or Dublin Code, this is where one would specify it.
  • TYPE – not required. The TYPE attribute can be used to categorize the finding aid as an inventory, register, or whatever format you/your repository decides on.


<archdescgrp> may contain: <accessrestrict>, <accruals>, <acqinfo>, <altformavail>, <appraisal>, <arrangement>, <bibliography>, <bioghist>, <controlaccess>, <custodhist>, <dao>, <daogrp>, <descgrp>, <did>, <dscgrp>, <fileplan>, <index>, <note>, <odd>, <originalsloc>, <otherfindaid>, <phystech>, <prefercite>, <processinfo>, <relatedmaterial>, <runner>, <scopecontent>, <separatedmaterial>, and <userestrict>.


Hypothetically, one might have the following structure:


EAD tag library entry for <archdescgrp>.