<eventdescription> Event Description

<eventdescription> is a new element in EAD and an optional final child element of <maintenanceevent>. It may be used once or more to provide a simple textual description of the maintenance activity. This information should augment information about the <agent>, <agenttype>, <eventdatetime>, and <eventtype>.


  • @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

<eventdescription> may only contain text.

Adjacent Elements

<eventdescription> must be preceded by <agent> and is the final child element of <maintenanceevent> (although it may be repeated).


	    <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>
	    <eventtype value="updated"/>
	    <eventdatetime standarddatetime="2018-06-03T13:43:33Z">June 3, 2018</eventdatetime>
	    <agenttype value="human"/>
	    <agent>María Ramirez</agent>
	    <eventdescription>Updated to include 2017-2018 school year materials added to the collection.</eventdescription>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <eventdescription>