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Michele R.,
If I am understanding you correctly, you have "sub-items" in a folder
you want to give in EAD but the did only allows you the "folder
heading". Upon that assumption I have the following recomendations.

Series level coding:
<c01 level="series">
  <did>
    <container type="box">1-10</container>
    <unittitle
      encodinganalog="245$a"
      id="corr_mu001001"
    >Correspondence</unittitle>
  <did>
  <scopecontent encodinganalog="520">
    <p>Correspondence between John Smith and various parties.</p>
  </scopecontent>
  <arrangement encodinganalog="351$b">
    <p>Arrangement is alphabetical by correspondent.<p>
  </arrangement>
<!-- c02 children here -->
</c01>

1. Contents differed by box/folder
  Finding aid:
    1/1 Doe, John
          1980-1981
    1/2   1982-1983
    1/3   1984-1985
  Coded example:
    <c02 level="file">
      <did>
        <container type="box-folder">1/1-3</container>
<!-- or -->
        <container type="box-folder">1/1</container>
        <container type="box-folder">1/2</container>
        <containder type="box-folder">1/3</container>
        <unittitle encodinganalog="245$a">
         <persname
           normal="Doe, John"
           encodinganalog="600"
           role="crp"
         >Doe, John, </persname>
         <unitdate
           encodinganalog="245$f"
           normal="1980/1985"
         >1980-1985</unitdate>
        </unittitle>
        <note encodinganalog="505">
         <p>Folders:</p>
         <list type="simple">
          <item>1980-1981 (BOX: 1/1)</item>
          <item>1982-1983 (BOX: 1/2)</item>
          <item>1984-1985 (BOX: 1/3)</item>
         </list>
        </note>
      </did>
    </c02>

2. file level with sub listing
  Finding aid:
    3/15    Azam, Joseph
            B miscellaneous
    4/1        B - G
    4/2        H - Z

  Coded example:
    <c02 level="file">
      <did>
 <!-- for container see above examples -->
        <unittitle encodinganalog="245$a">B miscellaneous</unittitle>
        <note encodinganalog="505">
          <p>Contents:</p>
          <list type="simple">
            <item>B - G (BOX: 4/1)</item>
            <item>H - Z (BOX: 4/2)</item>
          </list>
        </note>
      </did>
    </c02>


Take a look at the best practices guide for the Library of Congress.
Many of the examples are what you are talking about. You can cut and
paste and then add your text (edit), etc.

Mike Ferrando
Library Technician
Music Division
Library of Congress
Washington, DC
202-707-4454

--- MicheleR <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thanks to both Michael R. and Mike F. for the *very* helpful
> clarification.
> As I understand it then, the c0# element is for sections of the
> finding aid,
> while the did element is for describing the actual items (letters,
> etc), and
> container/physloc/physdesc are used as needed to describe the
> physical
> arrangment of the items.  The next problem I'm encountering is that
> one can
> only have a single did within a c0#.  This seems counterintuitive
> since a
> section of a finding aid (e.g. correspondence) might have several
> actual
> data items in it (e.g. correspondence A, correspondence B, etc).
> I'm
> working now on an example of such a finding aid and so far this is
> what I've
> come up with (below).  The c0# is given a title since it's a
> section of the
> finding aid, then each next lower level c0# does NOT have a title
> since it's
> simply there to hold a single did.  Does this seem correct?
> Thanks!
>
> Michele
>
> <c01><head>Correspondence</head>
> <did><abstract>Correspondence between John Smith and various
> parties,
> organized alphabetically.</abstract></did>
>
> <c02>
> <did>
> <container type="box">Box 4</container>
> <container type="folder">Folder 1</container>
> <unittitle>American Heart Association</unittitle>
> </did>
> </c02>
>
> <c02>
> <did>
> <container type="box">Box 4</container>
> <container type="folder">Folder 2</container>
> <unittitle>Anthony, John</unittitle>
> </did>
> </c02>
>
> <c02>
> <did>
> <container type="box">Box 4</container>
> <container type="folder">Folder 3</container>
> <unittitle>A (miscellaneous)</unittitle>
> </did>
> </c02>
>
> </c01>
>
>
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