A question, I have been reading the EAD Application Guidelines and Tag
Library, and with regard to the parent attribute the emphasis on usage seems
to be for a box number.
Well, we do not emphasis box numbers very much. Collections here are
assigned what we call a manuscripts number and the collections are housed on
shelves in manuscript number order. So that when it comes to pulling items
and having researchers request items. The most important data for staff is
the collection number and folder number.
We currently encoded the collection number as the <unitid>.
If we would want as page 90 in the application guide lines suggestion to be
able to return to the reader not only a list of collection titles, but the
container location and specific component description within that
collection. For us that would be the collection number and folder number.
Mss 97 folder 34.
To finally get to my question, would it be wrong to place our collection
number as a parent attribute in the folder <container> element?
<container parent="Mss 97" type="folder"> Folder 34</container>