<eventtype> Event Type

<eventtype> is a new element in EAD and a required child element of <maintenanceevent>. It provides a controlled list of values which record the type of maintenance activity performed. Related values are <agent>, <agenttype>, <eventdatetime>, and <eventdescription>.


  • @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.
  • @valuerequired. Use this attribute to indicate the type of update performed, the most important information in the element. Possible values: created, revised, deleted, cancelled, derived, updated, unknown.

Child Elements

<eventtype> may contain text or be empty. The most important information in the element is recorded with one of the controlled possible values of the @value attribute.

Adjacent Elements

<eventtype> is the first required element in <maintenanceevent>. It must be followed by <eventdatetime>.


	    <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 <eventtype>