The ability to reorder the sequence of elements when displaying them (either
to print or screen) is one of the great virtues of using Extensible Style
Language (XSL) to format your finding aids.
The example you cite is a common situation in older lists of correspondence.
I would be interested in knowing how institutions with such finding aids are
tagging the data- in particular what are you doing with the name of the
My instinctive response would be
<unittitle><persname role="recipient">William Jones</persname></unittitle>
<abstract>Memorandum concerning business</abstract>
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Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd West
St. Paul MN 55102-1906
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> From: Katherine Hayes[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, November 11, 1999 8:37 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list EAD
> Subject: unusual item-level description
> Perhaps this is not so unusual, but I'm unsure of how to tag a container
> list describing correspondence at the item level in the following manner:
> Box 1, Folder 1
> [date] [writer] [recipient]
> 2/16/1947 John Smith William Jones Memorandum
> concerning business
> This is the existing order of information in an old, large finding aid
> (approx. 600 typewritten pages!). Can it be done without rearranging the
> data? I don't really want to use the tabular tags.
> Thanks for any suggestions; I'm stumped.
> Katherine A. Hayes, Assistant Archivist
> Niels Bohr Library, American Institute of Physics
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