<scopecontent> Scope and Content

<scopecontent> is a wrapper element used to contain a prose summary of the range and topical coverage of the described materials in order to assist researchers in evaluating the relevance of the materials. It can cover form and arrangement, important names, events, places, and subjects. If there are significant gaps in the materials or strengths which may be useful to researchers, these should also be noted. The element may be nested to contain <scopecontent> notes for particular segments of the collection.

This element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.3.1 and MARC field 520.

<scopecontent> 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

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


See DACS Section 3.1, Scope and content. Required. (DACS 2013, pp.45-48)


	<head>Scope and Content of the Collection</head>
	<p>The collection is organized into four series:</p>
	<p><emph render="bold">Series 1: Correspondence with Hogwarts Founders</emph> is correspondence with the Hogwarts founders. It includes Slytherin's letters to Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, and Rowena Ravenclaw. The collection consists exclusively of Slytherin's letters to the founders, not their responses.</p>
	<p><emph render="bold">Series 2: Other Correspondence</emph> is Slytherin's correspondence with other witches and wizards. It includes letters received by Slytherin and left at Hogwarts on his departure as well as some letters which were donated later on by correspondents.</p>
	<p><emph render="bold">Series 3: Class Notes</emph> consists of Slytherin's notes for teaching classes on Legilimency, Charms, and Care of Magical Creatures.</p>
	<p><emph render="bold">Series 4: Journals</emph> is made up of four journals kept by Slytherin from around the time of Hogwarts' founding until shortly before his death.</p>
	<p><emph render="bold">Series 5: Spell Books</emph> consists of five spell books kept by Slytherin to record jinxes, dark charms, legilimency, spells for the control of basilisks, and the darkest arts.</p>
	<head>Scope and Contents</head>
	<p>The letters consist of correspondence with Slytherin's fellow founders of Hogwarts:</p>
			<persname normal="Gryffindor, Godric" rules="wizlib" source="hhttps://eadiva.com/hogwarts-cpf/G.001.xml"><part>Godric Gryffindor</part></persname>
				<ref show="new" actuate="onrequest" href="https://eadiva.com/hogwarts-cpf/G.001.xml">Biographical and Relational Information</ref>
				<ptr target="ggry" show="replace" actuate="onrequest" linktitle="Relationship to Salazar Slytherin"/>
			<persname normal="Hufflepuff, Helga" rules="wizlib" identifier="https://eadiva.com/hogwarts-cpf/H.001.xml"><part>Helga Hufflepuff</part></persname>
				<ref show="new" actuate="onrequest" href="https://eadiva.com/hogwarts-cpf/H.001.xml">Biographical and Relational Information</ref>
				<ptr target="hhuf" show="replace" actuate="onrequest" linktitle="Relationship to Salazar Slytherin"/>
			<persname normal="Ravenclaw, Rowena" rules="wizlib" identifier="https://eadiva.com/hogwarts-cpf/G.001.xml"><part>Rowena Ravenclaw</part></persname>
				<ref show="new" actuate="onrequest" href="https://eadiva.com/hogwarts-cpf/R.001.xml">Biographical and Relational Information</ref>
				<ptr target="rrav" show="replace" actuate="onrequest" linktitle="Relationship to Salazar Slytherin"/>
	<p>They cover topics from administrative matters to plans for developing the curriculum to discussion of their respective families. The letters appear to begin around the time of the founding of Hogwarts and continue until Slytherin's departure.</p>
	<head>Scope and Content</head>
	<p>This series consists of scrolls on which Slytherin recorded notes for the teaching legilimency, charms, and care of magical creatures. Notes include references to many books which no longer exist, lists of class topics, and detailed notes on the subjects. Many researchers find these useful for deriving an impression of Slytherin's teaching philosophy and priorities.</p>

Changes from EAD 2002

<scopecontent> gained @lang and @script elements. It lost <address>, <arrangement>, <dao>, <daogrp>, and <note>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <scopecontent>