<event> Event

<event>, found within <chronitem> or <chronitemset> and may be used to describe any event. It is paired with <daterange>, <dateset>, or <datesingle> to indicate relevant date(s) and possibly with <geogname>s to link relevant location(s).


  • @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.”
  • @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

<event> will generally contain text and may also contain <abbr>, <corpname>, <date>, <emph>, <expan>, <famname>, <footnote>, <foreign>, <function>, <genreform>, <geogname>, <lb />, <list>, <name>, <num>, <occupation>, <persname>, <ptr/>, <quote>, <ref>, <subject>, and <title>.


  <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

<event> gained the @lang, @localtype, and @script attributes. As <eventgrp> was deprecated, it can no longer be used within it. It may now be used within the new <chronitemset> for similar purposes. It lost child elements <address>, <archref>, <bibref>, and <note>. It gained child elements <quote> and <footnote>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <event>