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<origination> Origination

<origination> is used to encode information about the individual or organization responsible for the creation, accumulation, or assembly of the described materials before their incorporation into an archival repository (this may include correspondents, independent collecters, dealers, etc. as well as creators). The LABEL element may be used to identify a role for originator as may the ROLE attribute on any name element used inside the <origination> element.

<origination> may occur within <archref>, <did>, <entry>, <event>, <extref>, <extrefloc>, <item>, <label>, <p>, <ref>, and <refloc>.


  • 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 other encoding schemas (ISAD(G) data element 3.2.1 and MARC fields 100, 110, 700, and 71).
  • LABEL – not required. May contain the type of originator, i.e. “dealer, “collector,” “creator.”


<origination> may contain PCDATA as well as <abbr>, <archref>, <bibref>, <corpname>, <emph>, <expan>, <extptr>, <extref>, <famname>, <lb />, <linkgrp>, <name>, <persname>, <ptr>, <ref>, and <title>.


See DACS Section 2.6, Name of creator(s). Required if known. (DACS 2013, pp.31-33)


<archdesc level="collection">
		<origination label="compiler">
			<persname normal="Bell, Mary-Jean">Mary-Jean Bell</persname>

EAD tag library entry for <origination>.