<origination> Origination

<origination> is a child element of <did> used to encode information about the individual or organization responsible for the creation, accumulation, or assembly of the described materials before their incorporation into an archival repository (this may include correspondents, independent collectors, dealers, etc. as well as creators). The @label attribute may be used to identify a role for originator, as may the @relator attribute on any name-type element used inside the <origination> element.


  • @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.
  • @label – not required. This can be used when a meaningful display label for an element can’t be derived by the stylesheet from its name. It is available in all <did> subelements.
  • @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

<origination> must contain one or more of one of the following: <corpname>, <famname>, <name>, <persname>.


See DACS Section 2.6, Name of creator(s). Required if known. (DACS 2013, pp.31-33)


  <corpname encodinganalog="110" relator="creator" source="lcnaf"><part>Quilting Technologies Department</part><part>Piecemaking University</part></corpname>

Changes from EAD 2002

<origination> gained attributes @lang, @localtype, and @script. Its parent element was restricted to <did>. It may no longer contain non-name-related elements.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <origination>