<sponsor> Sponsor

The final element which may occur within <titlestmt> (or within <titlepage>), <sponsor> is used to encode “name(s) of institution(s) or individual(s) who endorsed, financed, or arranged the acquisition, appraisal, and processing of the described materials or the preparation and distribution of the finding aid.” This should not be confused with <author> which denotes the person or person responsible for the finding aid’s intellectual content, or with <repository>, which identifies the group providing the intellectual access to described materials. It is comparable to MARC field 536.


  • 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.


<sponsor> can (and probably should) include PCDATA. It has no required subelements but should include the subtitle as PCDATA.

It can also contain a few generic subelements: <emph>, <extptr>, <lb />, and <ptr>.

Our EAD file so far

Adding a sponsor to our file:

		<eadid countrycode="us" mainagencycode="dgwl" url="http://www.eadiva.com/sample/">rkt-01</eadid>
				<titleproper>Inventory of Something Useful for Learning EAD <date>2012-2013</date></titleproper>
				<subtitle>A totally awesome finding aid with a subtitle too</subtitle>
				<author>Ruth K. Tillman, the EADiva</author>
				<sponsor>Encoding thanks to EADiva's donation of her spare time.</sponsor>
	<frontmatter><!--we're going to display it here just to show how it's used-->

EAD tag library entry for <sponsor>.