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<userestrict> Conditions Governing Use

<userestrict> encodes information about the conditions which affect use of the described materials. This should not be confused with <accessrestrict>, which is used to indicate whether the materials may be accessed at all. This may included any regulations, limits or special procedures related to the reproduction, publication, or quotation of these materials, or the absence of any such restrictions. It may be used in conjunction with <prefercite> to specify exactly how the materials should be referenced in citations. This <userestrict> element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.4.2 and MARC field 540.

<userestrict> is one of the elements which may be used within <archdesc>, <archdescgrp>, <c>, <c01> through <c12>, and <descgrp>.


  • 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 may provide more information about the type of condition.


<userestrict> may contain further <userestrict> elements, as well as: <address>, <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <head>, <list>, <note>, <p>, and <table>.


See DACS Section 4.4, Conditions governing reproduction and use. Added value. (DACS 2013, pp.57-59)


	<head>Restrictions on Reproduction</head>
	<p>Reproduction (scanning, photocopying, photographic, etc) of some material in this collection requires donor permission. Please speak to a repository staff member for details.</p>
	<p>X Repository possesses copyright to this collection. For permission to reproduce or publish any of these materials, please contact repository staff.</p>

EAD tag library entry for <userestrict>.