In conjunction with the database project I mentioned the other day, I'm
trying to determine how best to encode item level descriptions in EAD. For
those of you who are doing encoding this deep, how are you encoding
information such the place of origin? For example, if a letter was written
by William Heath in Cambridge, Mass, where in the <c> would you encode
Cambridge? My first instinct was to do it this way:
Of course that doesn't work because you can't have a geogname element inside
an origination element. It's possible to just leave out the geogname tags,
but origination doesn't seem to have been intended to include info other
than names, since it is comparable to MARC fields 100, 110, 700, and 710.
The location will probably have to be in the title, or elsewhere. So much
for simple data entry.
Michael Rush - Manuscript Processor
Massachusetts Historical Society
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