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<genreform> Genre/Physical Characteristic

<genreform> is a term used to identify the types of materials being described based on their intellectual content, order of information, or object function. Examples may be anything from account books to videotapes. Not all genres/forms need to be tagged, but those for which greater retrieval should be provided may be tagged. The element may be used to tag any function during a paragraph, with the NORMAL attribute supplying the proper form of the term.

Genres/forms which make up large amounts of the material should be listed within <controlaccess> even if they are indicated elsewhere. <genreform> may be used in <physdesc> or <physfacet> along with more detailed characteristics. <genreform> may be used within <controlaccess>, <entry>, <event>, <extref>, <extrefloc>, <indexentry>, <item>, <label>, <namegrp>, <p>, <physdesc>, <physfacet>, <ref>, <refloc>, and <unittitle>.


  • 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 field 655 or 300 (when used with <extent>.
  • NORMAL – not required. Can be used to provide the authority form if the word is being used informally within narrative text>, <etc.
  • RULES – not required. May be used to specify the descriptive rules followed when forming the term.
  • SOURCE – not required. The source of the controlled vocabulary>, <e.g. “lcsh” for Library of Congress Subject Headings.


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


See DACS Section 2.5, Extent. (DACS 2013, pp.28-30)


	<head>Scope and Content of the Collection</head>
	<p>The collection primarily consists of <genreform>letters</genreform> but also contains a 5-year <genreform normal="diaries">diary</genreform>, which was kept from <date normal="1968/1972">1968 to 1972</date>.</p>

EAD tag library entry for <genreform>.