<legalstatus> Legal Status

<legalstatus> is used to encode the statutorily-defined status of the materials being described in the encoded finding aid. It 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

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


  <head>Legal Status of the Materials</head>
  <p>Materials may be copyrighted by their creators.</p>
  <head>Legal Status of the Records</head>
  <p>Records in this series are in the public domain.</p>

Changes from EAD 2002

<legalstatus> gained attributes @lang and @script. @type changed to @localtype. It is no longer used within <accessrestrict>, the only place it could be used in EAD 2002, and has been added to <archdesc> and <c>-type elements.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <legalstatus>