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<creation> Creation

<creation> is used within <profiledesc> to encode information about the encoding of the finding aid. This can include the person(s) or institutions(s) responsible for the encoding, the date(e) on which it occurred (not to be confused with <revisiondesc>), the method used to create the finding aid, and/or any special circumstances under which it occurred.


  • 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.


<creation> can (and probably should) include PCDATA. It has no required subelements.

However, it can also contain a handful of generic subelements: <abbr>, <archref>, <bibref>, <date>, <emph>, <expan>, <extptr>, <extref>, <lb />, <linkgrp>, <num>, <ptr>, <ref>, and <title>.

Our EAD file so far

Even though I’m the same person creating the intellectual content and encoding the finding aid, let’s throw in a redundant tag so we see it in action.

		<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>
			<editionstmt><edition>1st ed.</edition>
			<p>Didn't need to specify since it's first edition, but wanted to use the fields.</p>
					<addressline>1600 Pennsylvania Ave</addressline>
					<addressline>Washington, DC, 20001</addressline>
					<addressline>Phone: 202-555-1234</addressline>
			<seriesstmt><p>Bell Family Papers</p>
					<p>The materials in this finding aid are based on an actual collection of Sarah J. Bell Kitchin's letters.</p>
					<p>This finding aid was created as a project for the EADiva.com website.</p>
			<creation>This finding aid was encoded by Ruth K. Tillman, on <date normal="20121118">November 18th, 2012</date>, using Notepad++. Material was generated off the top of her head.</creation>
	<frontmatter><!--we're going to display it here just to show how it's used-->

As you see, we were able to include at least a little bit of information that wouldn’t be in the <author> element of <filedesc>, namely the date of encoding and the program used to do it (and yes, I just free-hand code these posts in XHTML/EAD using Notepad ++ and then paste them into WordPress).

EAD tag library entry for <creation>.