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<titleproper> Title Proper of the Finding Aid

We’ve finally gotten to the title! <titleproper> is used to encode the name of a finding aid or finding aid series. It is a required element within <titlestmt>, within <filedesc>, within <eadheader>. It may also be used in <titlepage> within <frontmatter> or in <seriesstmt> inside <filedesc>.

It’s important to keep in mind that this element is not used to encode the formal names of works listed in the finding aid or unit titles, which encode the names of described materials.


  • 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.
  • RENDER – not required. This attribute allows one to specify the content’s format for display purposes. Available values are: altrender, bold, bolddoublequote, bolditalic, boldsinglequote, boldsmcaps, boldunderline, doublequote, italic, nonproport, singlequote, smcaps, sub, super, and underline.
  • TYPE – not required. This attribute allows you to designate this element as having a type. There is no specified list of types for <titleproper>.


<titleproper> can (and probably should) include PCDATA. It has no required subelements but should include the title as PCDATA.

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

Our EAD file so far

We got to put in a finding aid title! Hurrah!

		<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>
	<frontmatter><!--we're going to display it here just to show how it's used-->

EAD tag library entry for <titleproper>.