<agent> Agent

<agent> is a new element in EAD3 and a required child element of <maintenanceevent> that provides the name of the person, system, or institution (but not overall agency) responsible for a particular instance of the creation, modification, or deletion of an EAD finding aid. The preceeding element <agenttype> should be used to specify whether it’s a human or a machine (if an automated database routine is used to update the EAD file, for example).


  • @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.
  • @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

<agent> may contain text.

Adjacent Elements

<agent> is preceded by the required <agenttype> and may be followed by the optional <eventdescription>.


    <eventtype value="derived"/>
    <eventdatetime standarddatetime="2017-03-01T08:05:33Z">March 1 2017</eventdatetime>
    <agenttype value="machine"/>
    <eventdescription>Conversion from EAD 2002 finding aid using XSL transformation.</eventdescription>
    <eventtype value="revised"/>
    <eventdatetime standarddatetime="2017-03-02T10:05:23Z">March 2 2017</eventdatetime>
    <agenttype value="human"/>
    <agent>Ruth Tillman</agent>
    <eventdescription>Conversion from EAD 2002 revised using updated DACS principles.</eventdescription>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <agent>