<originalsloc> Location of Originals

<originalsloc> is used when originals exist but the unit being described consists of copies. It may contain information about the originals’ existence, location, availability, and/or desctruction. If the unit being described consists of originals, of which there are copies available, use <altformavail> instead. This element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.5.1 and MARC field 535.

<originalsloc> is one of the elements which 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

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


See DACS Section 6.1, Existence/location of originals. Added value. (DACS 2013, pp.69-70)


Note in this case a good use for @audience being set to “internal.”

  <head>Location of Originals</head>
  <p>File contains photocopies of the originals. Original newsletters are held by the <expan abbr="NARA">National Archives and Records Administration</expan> in accordance with <ref href="https://www.archives.gov/files/records-mgmt/rcs/schedules/independent-agencies/rg-0255/n1-255-92-004_sf115.pdf" linkrole="application/pdf"><abbr expan="National Archives and Records Administration">NARA</abbr> Request N1-255-92-004</ref>.</p>

Changes from EAD 2002

<originalsloc> gained @lang and @script elements. @type changed to @localtype. It lost <address> and <note>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

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