<titlestmt> Title Statement

<titlestmt> is a required wrapper element within the <filedesc> element of the <eadheader> element. But this isn’t where the title of the finding aid will actually be. Instead, the finding aid title will be found within the required <titleproper> subelement of <titlestmt>. <titlestmt> may also contain subtitle, author, and sponsor information.


  • 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.


<titlestmt> has one required subelement and three optional subelements. The required element, as mentioned above, is <titleproper>, which will contain the title itself.

You may also include the self-explanatory <subtitle> and <author> elements, although it’s important to note that the author in this case is not the creator of the original materials but the person creating the finding aid. The <sponsor> element designates the institution or individuals who “endorsed, financed, or arranged the acquisition, appraisal, and processing of the described materials or the preparation and distribution of the finding aid” (as compared to the <author>, who actually created the finding aid and its intellectual content, or the <repository>, which has the the materials).

The subelements (when used) must be listed in the following order: <titleproper>, <subtitle>, <author>, <sponsor>.

Our EAD file so far

Still a wrapper element, so nothing fun to put in it. But we’re making progress.

		<eadid countrycode="us" mainagencycode="dgwl" url="http://www.eadiva.com/sample/">rkt-01</eadid>
	<frontmatter><!--we're going to display it here just to show how it's used-->

EAD tag library entry for <titlestmt>.