<notestmt> Note Statement

<notestmt> is an optional child element within <filedesc> which is used to group <controlnote> elements. These notes provide general descriptive information about the finding aid. Only one <notestmt> element may be used, but it may group as many <controlnote>s as needed.


  • @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

<notestmt> must contain one or more required <controlnote> elements.

Adjacent Elements

<notestmt> is the file element in <filedesc>.


  <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

<notestmt> gained @lang and @script elements. Thanks to the deletion of <note> and its function being broken into more specific types, it now contains <controlnote> instead of <note>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <notestmt>