<titleproper> Title Proper of the Finding Aid

<titleproper> is a required child element of <titlestmt> and a possible child element of <seriesstmt>. It identifies the name of a finding aid or a finding aid series. It’s only used for finding aid titles and should not be confused with <title> or <unittitle>.


  • @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.
  • @render – not required. May be used to define how the element should be displayed. Possible values are: altrender, bold, bolddoublequote, bolditalic, boldsinglequote, boldsmcaps, boldunderline, doublequote, italic, nonproport, singlequote, smcaps, sub, super, and underline.
  • @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

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

Adjacent Elements

<titleproper> may be followed, in order, by the optional <subtitle>, <author>, and <sponsor>.


  <titleproper>Guide to Quilting Technologies Department Records, 1978-2020</titleproper>
  <subtitle>A guide records of the Quilting Technologies Department at Piecemaking University</subtitle>
  <author>Ruth Tillman</author>
  <sponsor>Funding for the initial creation of this electronic finding aid was made possible in 1992 by a generous gift of the National Alliance of Peace Quilters. Funding for encoding was made possible in 2008 by a Piecemaking University Digital Initiatives Grant.</sponsor>
    <titleproper>Piecemaking University Departmental Records</titleproper> <num>13</num>

Changes from EAD 2002

<titleproper> gained attributes @lang and @script. @type changed to @localtype. It lost child elements <date>, <extptr>, and <num> and gained child elements <foreign> and <ref>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <titleproper>