<acqinfo> Acquisition Information

<acqinfo> encodes the immediate source of the described materials and circumstances under which they were received. It includes donations, transfers, purchases, and deposits. It is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.2.4 and MARC21 field 541. The <p> may contain such child elements as <persname>, <corpname>, <date>, and <num> which may better help describe the acquisition of the materials.

If some of the items acquired were physically separated from the materials being described, <separatedmaterial> should be used to describe them elsewhere. <acqinfo> should not be confused with <custodhist>, which can be used for information about the chain of ownership before materials came into the possession of the immediate source of acquisition.

<acqinfo> is one of the elements which may be used within <archdesc>, <c>, <c01> … <c12>, and itself.


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  • @lang – not required. Three-letter code that indicates the language in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 639-2b.
  • @localtype – not required. This attribute may be used within a number of elements. Its use and values are not defined by the schema and may be defined locally.
  • @script – not required. Four-letter code that indicates the script in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 15924.

Child Elements

<acqinfo> may contain an optional <head> element. It must contain one or more of the following: <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <list>, <p>, <table>, and further <acquinfo> elements.


See DACS Section 5.2, Immediate source of acquisition. Added value. (DACS 2013, pp.64-65)


	<head>Acquisition History</head>
	<p>Correspondence with the Hogwarts founders and some teaching materials came to the library directly after Salazar Slytherin's departure from Hogwarts. The acquisitions of other materials are addressed at their component level.</p>
	<head>Acquisitions Information</head>
			<datesingle notbefore="1100">circa 1100</datesingle>
			<event>Slytherin's spell book of jinxes was found by professor <name><part>Albert Shallowheart</part></name> in an abandoned residence near <geogname><part>Slackbuie</part><part>Scotland</part></geogname>. He initially intended it for the possession of Slytherin house. However the headmaster confiscated, who added it to Slytherin's materials in the library.</event>
			<datesingle notbefore="1290">circa 1300</datesingle>
			<event><persname normal="Peverell, Lucinda" rules="wizlib" relator="donor"><part>Lucinda Peverell</part></persname>, daughter of <persname rules="wizlib" identifier="http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Cadmus_Peverell"><part>Cadamus Peverell</part></persname>, donated a spell book of dark charms which had been given to her father by Slytherin at some point after his departure from Hogwarts. Her letter accompanying the book noted that it was "prone to muttering" and the headmaster at the time took appropriate steps to shield it.</event>
			<datesingle notafter="1820">before 1820</datesingle>
			<event><persname normal="Gaunt, Malachi" rules="wizlib" relator="donor"><part>Malachi Gaunt</part></persname>, one of the few members of that family to be sorted into Ravenclaw, donated two of Slytherin's spell books, one devoted to legilimency, and one concerning spells to control basilisks and other serpents.</event>
				<datesingle standarddate="1924-03">March 1924</datesingle>
					<fromdate standarddate="1924-07">July 1924</fromdate>
					<todate standarddate="1924-09">September 1924</todate>
				<event>When <persname normal="Gaunt, Morfin" rules="wizlib" identifier="http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Morfin_Gaunt"><part>Morfin Gaunt</part></persname> was sentenced to three years in <corpname normal="Azkaban Prison" rules="wizlib" identifier="http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Azkaban"><part>Azkaban</part></corpname>, a spell book of extremely dangerous dark arts was discovered among the belongings he attempted to bring with him. Aurors determined the spell book's creator to be Salazar Slytherin. The book was donated to Hogwarts for exclusive use of headmasters and Defense Against the Dark Arts professors. The spell book has multiple charms intended to alert aurors to unauthorized uses.</event>
				<event>For nearly three months in 1924, the spell book was temporarily removed from Hogwarts to the Ministry of Magic after <persname normal="Gaunt, Marvolo" rules="wizlib" identifier="http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Marvolo_Gaunt"><part>Marvolo Gaunt</part></persname> launched an unsuccessful appeal for its return to the family as inherited property. The spell book was returned to Hogwarts afterward.</event>

Changes from EAD 2002

<acqinfo> gained attributes @lang and @script. @type changed to @localtype. It lost child elements <address> and <note>. It used to be available within <custodhist> but isn’t any more.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

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