<filedesc> File Description

<filedesc> is a required element within <control>. It is a wrapper element which contains information about author, title, subtitle, sponsor, edition, publisher, publishing series, and any related notes. The information contained within <filedesc> may be useful for building any separate bibliographic records.


  • @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.

Child Elements

<filedesc> has one required child element and four optional child elements. Its required child element is <titlestmt>, another wrapper tag which must contain the finding aid’s title within one of its own child elements and may contain other information about the file.

If this a new edition of a finding aid, its number and information about reasons for creating a new edition may be made in <editionstmt>. <publicationstmt> is used to encode any information about the publisher of the finding aid, along with date, address, and other useful information. <seriesstmt> is a wrapper element which groups information about the published monographic series, if any, to which an encoded finding aid belongs. <notestmt> is simply used to encode any additional information about the finding aid.

These elements MUST occur in the following order (optional ones may be left out but still must be in order): <titlestmt>, <editionstmt>, <publicationstmt>, <seriesstmt>, <notestmt>.

Detailed list:

Adjacent Elements

<filedesc> must be followed by <maintenancestatus>.


    <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>
    <edition>2nd edition</edition>
    <p>Edition was updated during EAD3 encoding to conform to DACS standards.</p>
        <publisher>Piecemaking University</publisher>
        <date normal="2020-06-08">June 8, 2020</date>
            <addressline>University Archives</addressline>
            <addressline>Piecemaking University</addressline>
            <addressline>Lancaster, PA 17603</addressline>
            <addressline localtype="phone">+1-717-555-1313</addressline>
            <addressline localtype="email">archivist@piecemaking.edu</addressline>
        <titleproper>Piecemaking University Departmental Records</titleproper> <num>13</num>
    <controlnote audience="external">
        <p>To submit corrections or request clarifications, please use the <ref show="new" actuate="onrequest" href="https://archives.piecemaking.edu/contact/finding-aid-feedback">University Archives' feedback form</ref>.</p>

Changes from EAD 2002

<filedesc> acquired @lang and @script attributes. Its child elements have not changed. It is used within the replacement for <eadheader>, its original parent element.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <filedesc>