<custodhist> Custodial History

<custodhist> encodes information about the chain of ownership of the described materials before they reached the immediate source of acquisition, which is encoded in <acqinfo>. This information about previous ownership may include both physical and intellectual ownership and whatever details may be significant for authority, integrity, and interpretations. This may include provenance, although it may also be appropriate to describe provenance in <origination>, <bioghist>, or <scopecontent>.

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


  • @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

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


See DACS Section 5.1, Custodial history. Added value. (DACS 2013, p.63)


  <head>Custodial History</head>
        <fromdate standarddate="1978">1978</fromdate>
        <todate standarddate="1989">1989</todate>
        <event>Materials held by faculty members.</event>
        <event>Materials collected by departmental secretaries as informal archive</event>	      
      <event>Departmental Records Collection Initiative conducted by <corpname normal="University Archives, Piecemaking University"><part>University Archives</part></corpname></event>
        <fromdate standarddate="1989">1989</fromdate>
        <todate notbefore="2020">2020</todate>
      <event>Records held by University Archives</event>

Changes from EAD 2002

<custodhist> gained attributes @lang and @script. @type changed to @localtype. It lost child elements <acqinfo>, <address>, and <note>. Of these <acqinfo> may require the most attention in migration. It should be used as a separate element within <custodhists>’s next-level parent that is either a <c>-type or <archdesc> (since <custodhist> may nest within itself, this may require going up several parent levels).

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <custodhist>