<author> Author

<author> is an optional child element of <titlestmt> that provides the names of individual/s responsible for the intellectual content of the finding aid. It may also include textual information about the the person role played.

Other authors for whom the <author> element should not be used include <agent> within <maintenanceevent>, <persname> or <corpname> with a ROLE attribute can be used to designate an author within <bibref>, and the <origination> element designates the person who compiled, collected, or created the materials in the actual archival collection.


  • @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

<author> most commonly contains text and may also contain <abbr>, <emph>, <expan>, <foreign>, <lb />, <ptr/>, and <ref>.

Adjacent Elements

<author> may be preceded by <subtitle> and may be followed by the optional <sponsor>.


  <titleproper>Guide to Quilting Technologies Department Records, 1978-2020</titleproper>
  <subtitle>A guide records of the Quilting Technologies Department at Piecemaking University</subtitle>
  <author>Ruth Tillman</author>
  <sponsor>Funding for the initial creation of this electronic finding aid was made possible in 1992 by a generous gift of the National Alliance of Peace Quilters. Funding for encoding was made possible in 2008 by a Piecemaking University Digital Initiatives Grant.</sponsor>

Changes from EAD 2002

With the deprecation of <titlepage>, <author> can only be used now within <titlestmt>. It gained attributes: @lang and @script. @type changed to @localtype. It lost the child element <extptr> and gained child elements <abbr>, <expan>, <foreign>, and <ref>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <author>