<userestrict> Conditions Governing Use

<userestrict> encodes information about the conditions which affect use of the described materials. This should not be confused with <accessrestrict>, which is used to indicate whether the materials may be accessed at all. This may included any regulations, limits or special procedures related to the reproduction, publication, or quotation of these materials, or the absence of any such restrictions. The <userestrict> element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.4.2 and MARC field 540.

<userestrict> 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

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


See DACS Section 4.4, Conditions governing reproduction and use. Added value. (DACS 2013, pp.57-59)


  <head>Restrictions on Use of Materials</head>
  <p>Duplication of event recordings may require the permission of their copyright holders.</p>
  <table frame="all" colsep="true" rowsep="true">
    <tgroup align="center" cols="3">
      <colspec colname="materialtype" colnum="1"/>
      <colspec colname="usetype" colnum="2"/>
      <colspec colname="permissionrequired" colnum="3"/>
      <thead valign="middle">
          <entry colname="materialtype">Material Type</entry>
          <entry colname="usetype">Use Type</entry>
          <entry colname="permissionrequired">Permission Required</entry>
      <tbody valign="middle">
          <entry colname="materialtype">Event recordings, 1980-2008</entry>
          <entry colname="usetype">File copying or other duplication of audio or visual content</entry>
          <entry colname="permissionrequired">Requires permission of the speakers or copyright holders as no waivers or permission slips were obtained</entry>
          <entry colname="materialtype">Event recordings, 2009-</entry>
          <entry colname="usetype">File copying or other duplication of audio or visual content</entry>
          <entry colname="permissionrequired">Consult with the archivist for waivers which contain specific guidance by each speaker for the duplication and use of each recording. Speakers were given the following options: to restrict duplication entirely, to allow duplication for personal research use, to allow duplication for personal research use and teaching, or to freely allow duplication and use of the materials. These permissions were obtained separately from streaming permissions and copies of the video streaming in the university's YouTube channel should not be interpreted as license to duplicate.</entry>

Changes from EAD 2002

<userestrict> gained @lang and @script elements. @type changed to @localtype. It lost <address> and <note>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <userestrict>