<legalstatus> Legal Status

<legalstatus> is used to encode the statutorily-defined status of the materials being described in the encoded finding aid. It is found within the <accessrestrict> element and comparable to the ISAD(G) data element 3.4.1 and MARC field 506. It is used within <accessrestrict>.


  • 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. This may provide more information on the type of status.


<legalstatus> will likely contain plain text as PCDATA and may contain the following elements: <date>, <emph>, <extptr>, <lb />, and <ptr>.


Some examples of possible legal status entries:

	<legalstatus>Public domain as of <date>1993</date>.</legalstatus>
	<legalstatus>Public records</legalstatus>
	<legalstatus>Under copyright.</legalstatus>

EAD tag library entry for <legalstatus>.