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<acqinfo> Acquisition Information

<acqinfo> encodes the immediate source of the described materials and circumstances under which they were received. It includes donations, transfers, purchases, and deposits. The <p> may contain such subelements as <persname>, <corpname>, <date>, and <num> which may better help describe the acquisition of the materials.

If some of the items acquired were physically separated from the materials being described, <separatedmaterial> should be used to describe them elsewhere. <acqinfo> may occur within <custodhist>, which can be used for information about the chain of ownership before materials came into the possession of the immediate source of acquisition.

<acqinfo> 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 designate the type of acquisition info.


<acqinfo> may contain further <acqinfo> elements, as well as <address>, <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <head>, <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 5.2, Immediate source of acquisition. Added value. (DACS 2013, pp.64-65)


Some examples of how <acqinfo> may be used:

	<p>Gift of <persname normal="Bell, Mary Jean">Mary Jean Bell</persname> on <date type="accession" normal="20110928">September 28, 2012</date>. Access number <num type="accession">3842</num></p>
	<p>Source unknown.</p>
	<note><p>Probably acquired in 1920s, unprocessed until 2011. No acquisition information remains.</p></note>

EAD tag library entry for <acqinfo>.