<relatedmaterial> Related Material

<relatedmaterial> encodes information about materials that are not physically or logically included in the material described in the finding aid, that may be of use to a reader. These materials are not related to the described material by provenance. This is not the same as <separatedmaterial>, which refers to information about materials related to the described materials by provenance but that have been separated. Nor should it be confused with <altformavail> or <originalsloc>, which refer to duplicated materials.

This element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.5.3 and MARC field 544 with indicator 1.

<relatedmaterial> 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

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


See DACS Section 6.3, Related archival materials. Added value. (DACS 2013, pp.73-74)


  <head>Related material</head>
    <archref><title><part>Martha Russel Papers, 1962-2010</part></title>, #<num localtype="collection_id">mr012</num>, <ref href="https://piecemaking.edu/ark:/1313/mr012">view finding aid</ref></archref>

Changes from EAD 2002

<relatedmaterial> gained @lang and @script elements. @type changed to @localtype. It lost <address>, <extref>, <linkgrp>, <note>, <ref>, and <title>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <relatedmaterial>