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<corpname> Corporate Name

<corpname> is a proper noun name that identifies an entity—either an organization or a group of people. LoC lists examples as names of associations, institutions, business firms, nonprofit enterprises, governments, government agencies, projects, programs, religious bodies, churches, conferences, athletic contests, exhibitions, expeditions, fairs, and ships.

Not every such name must be tagged, but the <corpname> element allows for greater search access to organizations considered particularly relevant. Use of controlled vocabulary forms is recommended to facilitate access. It may be used within <bibref>, <controlaccess>, <entry>, <event>, <extref>, <extrefloc>, <indexentry>, <item>, <label>, <namegrp>, <origination>, <p>, <physdesc>, <physfacet>, <ref>, <refloc>, <repository>, and <unittitle>. Entities with major representation should be listed within <controlaccess> even if they are indicated elsewhere.

Should the <corpname> element also be the creator/compiler of materials, it should be nested within <origination>. Should <corpname> be the name of the institution providing intellectual access to the described materials, it should be nested within <repository> and may contain <subarea> to designate subordinate areas.


  • 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.
  • AUTHFILENUMBER – not required. A number that identifies the authority file record for an access term drawn from that authority file (the source for this number/the access term should be in SOURCE).
  • ENCODINGANALOG – not required. May contain information to map this tag to MARC fields 110, 111, 610, 611, 710, or 711.
  • NORMAL – not required. Can be used to provide the authority form if the name is being used informally within narrative text, etc.
  • ROLE – not required. May be used to designate the role which the corporate entity played in the collection, e.g. “compiler,” “creator,” “subject,” etc.
  • RULES – not required. May be used to specify the descriptive rules followed when forming the name.
  • SOURCE – not required. The source of the controlled vocabulary, e.g. “lcsh” for Library of Congress Subject Headings.


<corpname> may contain PCDATA, <emph>, <extptr>, <lb />, <ptr>, and <subarea>.


	<head>Personal, Corporate, and Subject Headings</head>
		<persname source="local">Bell, Sarah J.</persname>
		<head>Corporate Bodies</head>
		<corpname source="lcnaf">Central Mindanao University</corpname>
		<corpname source="lcnaf">Literacy Volunteers of America</corpname>
		<corpname source="lcnaf">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</corpname>
		<corpname source="lcnaf">Peace Corps (U.S.)</corpname>
		<corpname source="lcnaf">St. John's College (Annapolis, MD)</corpname>
		<corpname source="local">Towle Institute</corpname>
		<corpname source="lcnaf">University of British Columbia</corpname>
		<subject source="lcnaf">Peace Corps (U.S.)</subject>
		<subject source="lcnaf">Peace Corps (U.S.)--Philippines</subject>

EAD tag library entry for <corpname>.