<publisher> Publisher

<publisher> is a child element of <publicationstmt> within <filedesc>. It identifies the institution or agency responsible for the distribution of the EAD file. While it is technically not required within <publicationstmt>, it is recommended for best practices.


  • @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

<publisher> may contain text, as well as <abbr>, <emph>, <expan>, <foreign>, <lb />, <ptr/>, and <ref>.


  <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>

Changes from EAD 2002

<publisher> gained @lang, @localtype, and @script attributes. It also gained <abbr>, <expan>, <foreign>, and <ref>. It lost the deprecated <extptr>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <publisher>