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<persname> Personal Name

<persname> encodes the proper noun designation for an individual. This need not include all the individual’s names and titles, but may. Not all names in the finding aid need to be tagged, but this element may be used to encode any for which more than keyword searching access should be available. It may be used within <bibref>, <controlaccess>, <entry>, <event>, <extref>, <extrefloc>, <indexentry>, <item>, <label>, <namegrp>, <origination>, <p>, <physdesc>, <physfacet>, <ref>, <refloc>, <repository>, and <unittitle>. Persons with major representation in the materials should be listed within <controlaccess> even if the names are encoded elsewhere.


  • 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 100, 600, 700.
  • 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 person 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.


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


	<persname source="local">Kitchin, Sarah J. Bell</persname>
	<famname source="local">Bell family.</famname>
	<subject source="lcnaf">Peace Corps (U.S.)</subject>
	<subject source="lcnaf">Peace Corps (U.S.)--Philippines</subject>
	<p>Following the death of <persname normal="Bell, Arthur">Arthur Bell</persname>, the <famname normal="Bell family">family</famname> moved to Hillsboro, Ohio. ...</p>

EAD tag library entry for <persname>.