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Our repository guide is encoded using the eadgrp dtd. It is not
thematic, as you are suggesting, so much as a collection level
description for (well, very nearly) every archive/mss collection in the
repository.

http://flambard.dur.ac.uk:6336/dynaweb/guides/ascguide/

Here in the UK there has not been the same tradition of creating MARC
encoded collection descriptions that there has been in the USA, so ours
have been encoded in EAD. Each simple collection is more or less an EAD
file with a top level <did> section. Each of these is then bundled
together by broad category of material (e.g. scholar's papers,
administrative archives, photographs etc.) into one big eadgrp file.
If I was more organised these individual collection descriptions would
be used twice - once in the repository guide, and once as the top level
part of the finding aid for the collection, but nothing is ever that
simple where our finding aids are concerned.
You may find that the eadgrp dtd a bit restrictive in the elements it
provides for adding extra information about the groups of EAD files you
include, but it does provide a useful means of grouping existing EAD
material without so much duplication of effort.
--
Richard Higgins
Durham University Library
> > From:         Stephanie Ashley[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > Reply To:     Encoded Archival Description List
> > Sent:         Saturday, 15 September 2001 4:38
> > To:   [log in to unmask]
> > Subject:      repository guides
> >
> > Apologies if this has been addressed already, but I searched the list
> > archives and couldn't find any answers. Is anyone encoding repository
> > guides, such as guides to sources in particular subject areas that your
> > repository holds? If so, can anyone share with me how they're adapting the
> > EAD dtd to encode such things as lists of collections?
> >