<agencyname> Agency Name

<agencyname> is a new element in EAD3 and a required child element of <maintenanceagency> that provides the name of the agency responsible for the creation, maintenance, or dissemination of the EAD finding aid. Use in combination with <agencycode> and possibly <otheragencycode>. It may be repeated to provide the name in multiple languages (particularly in multi-lingual countries). The @lang attribute may be used to distinguish these.


  • @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.”
  • @encodinganalog – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.
  • @id – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • @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

<agencyname> may contain text.

Adjacent Elements

<agencyname> may be preceded by an optional <otheragencycode> and followed by an optional <descriptivenote>.


  <otheragencycode localtype="quiltstan">PMU</otheragencycode>
  <agencyname>Piecemaking University Archives</agencyname>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <agencyname>