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<descgrp> Description Group

<descgrp> is a wrapper element used to group any related elements that are children of <archdesc>, except for <did> and <dsc>. <descgrp> is one of the elements which may be used within <archdesc>, <archdescgrp>, <c>, <c01> through <c12>, and <scopecontent>.


  • 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. This attribute characterizes the nature of the grouping.


<descgrp> may contain further <descgrp> elements and: <accessrestrict>, <accruals>, <acqinfo>, <address>, <altformavail>, <appraisal>, <arrangement>, <bibliography>, <bioghist>, <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <controlaccess>, <custodhist>, <fileplan>, <head>, <index>, <list>, <note>, <odd>, <originalsloc>, <otherfindaid>, <p>, <phystech>, <prefercite>, <processinfo>, <relatedmaterial>, <scopecontent>, <separatedmaterial>, <table>, and <userestrict>.


This example shows how <descgrp> can combine different but related fields:

	<head>Information for Use</head>
		<head>Access Restrictions</head>
		<p>Box B, containing school records, is restricted to members of the Bell family. Permission to view these may also be obtained with permission of the estate. See archivist for more details.</p>
		<head>Restrictions on Use</head>
		<p>Copies may be made for personal use and scholarship. Permission to publish must be obtained from the estate..</p>
		<head>Preferred Citation</head>

EAD tag library entry for <descgrp>.