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We've developed a Dublin Core help file that contains a pretty clear description of how to format the open and approximate dates you are talking about. Since the date format for both schemas is ISO 8601, this guide can be used to create dates in an EAD document.

http://uwdcc.library.wisc.edu/DC_companionv1.3.pdf

You may want to look at the ISO 8601 documentation, as well.

http://www.iso.ch/iso/en/prods-services/popstds/datesandtime.html

Best,
Amy Rudersdorf
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Date:    Thu, 29 Jan 2004 16:18:44 -0600
From:    "Stephen, Mathew" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: date formats

Any suggestions on the "best" date format (i.e. 2004-01-29) for the
following?

about 1900
1930's
early 1900's
late 1950s
late 1800's - early 1900's
1891 or 1892
1930's or 1940's
1920s around World War I
April 1984
prior to 1908
Spring 1973

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Date:    Thu, 29 Jan 2004 17:23:49 -0600
From:    Alison Hinderliter <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: date formats

We follow the Best Practices Guidelines by the RLG EAD Advisory group, which gives several examples for open date spans, approximate dates, undated material, etc. on pages 3-4 of the document.
http://www.rlg.org/rlgead/bpg.pdf

-Alison
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Any suggestions on the "best" date format (i.e. 2004-01-29) for the
following?

about 1900
1930's
early 1900's
late 1950s
late 1800's - early 1900's
1891 or 1892
1930's or 1940's
1920s around World War I
April 1984
prior to 1908
Spring 1973
    

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