<unittitle> Title of the Unit

<unittitle> encodes the name, either formal or supplied, of the described materials. It can be used in the highest level <did> to encode the highest-level title and within subordinate <c> -> <did> elements to encode lower-level titles.

<unittitle> should not be confused with the general element <title> (though it may contain <title>) or the <titleproper> of the finding aid.


  • @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.
  • @label – not required. This can be used when a meaningful display label for an element can’t be derived by the stylesheet from its name. It is available in all <did> subelements.
  • @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.
  • @normal – not required. May be used to create a normalized form of a title which contains intial articles. It can be used to improve title indexing.
  • @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

<unittitle> may contain text, as well as <abbr>, <corpname>, <date>, <emph>, <expan>, <famname>, <footnote>, <foreign>, <function>, <genreform>, <geogname>, <lb />, <name>, <num>, <occupation>, <persname>, <ptr/>, <quote>, <ref>, <subject>, and <title>.


Use DACS Section 2.3, Title. Required. (DACS 2013, pp.17-23)


  <unittitle>Quilting Technologies Department Records</unittitle>
  <unitdate normal="1978/2020" unitdatetype="inclusive">1978-2020</unitdate>
  <physdesc>10 linear feet</physdesc>
  <physdesc>221 GB</physdesc>
  <unittitle>Department Minutes</unittitle>
  <unitdatestructured unitdatetype="inclusive">
        <fromdate standarddate="1978">1978</fromdate>
        <todate standarddate="1982">1983</todate>
      <datesingle standarddate="1985">1985</datesingle>
        <fromdate standarddate="1987">1987</fromdate>
        <todate standarddate="2020">2020</todate>

Changes from EAD 2002

<unittitle> gained @lang, @normal, and @script. @type changed to @localtype. It gained child elements <footnote>, <foreign>, and <quote>. It lost child elements <abstract>, <archref>, <bibref>, <bibseries>, <edition>, and <unitdate>. It also lost deprecated elements <extref>, <extptr>, <imprint>, and <linkgrp>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <unittitle>