<relationentry> Relation Entry

<relationentry> is a new element in EAD3 and an optional, repeatable, child element of <relation>. It identifies the entity which has the relationship to the materials being described. This entity may be a corporate body, person, family, resource, function, or other entity as defined by the @relationtype of the parent <relation> element. It may be repeated, but this should only be done when expressing the same information in multiple languages or scripts.


  • @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.
  • @transliteration – not required. Use this to indicate the conventions or rules that prescribe a method for converting from one script to another.

Child Elements

<relationentry> may only contain text. (Do not use access elements such as <persname>.) Any more detailed information can be put in <descriptivenote>.

Adjacent Elements

<relationentry> must be used first in its parent element <relation>, if it’s used. It may be followed by the optional <objectxmlwrap>.


  <relation relationtype="cpfrelation" actuate="onload" show="new" href="https://piecemaking.edu/ark:1313/gqt014">
    <relationentry>Graduate Society of Quilting Technologists</relationentry>
        <fromdate standarddate="1980">1980</fromdate>
        <p>Organized and run by graduate students within the department with a rotating faculty advisor, this society co-sponsors the "Threads and Voices" symposium series. Its students invite speakers, conduct event planning, and host the event, while the department provides financial support and guidance.</p>
  <relation relationtype="resourcerelation" actuate="onload" show="new" href="https://quilthismus.org/archives/coll/9274">
        <dc:title>Collaborations: Quilting History Museum and Piecemaking U</dc:title>
    <descriptivenote><p>Exhibit notes and meeting minutes from a project partnership between the Quilting History Museum and department members of the Quilting Technologies Department</p></descriptivenote>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <relationentry>