We have done this in the YMCA Archives/University of Minnesota 
Libraries.  For our records of YMCA work with the armed services, we 
created a summary finding aid with descriptions of each major series.  
These series descriptions include links to separate finding aids 
describing that series in more detail.  We used <extref>, though, not 


The above link will take you directly to the XML file for the summary 
finding aid so you can view the encoding.  You can also see how the same 
group of finding aids are interlinked in our DLXS finding aids database 
by going to and searching on 
keywords: ymca armed services records

/ Lara Friedman-Shedlov


Lara D. Friedman-Shedlov
Kautz Family YMCA Archives
University of Minnesota Libraries
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Jane E. Stevenson wrote:
> Hi there,
> At the UK Archives Hub we are thinking about breaking up long descriptions
> in order to make them easier to navigate through and to address the problem
> of huge files (sometimes 4-5 Mb and over). 
> The idea is that a link within the EAD record could take the user to a more
> detailed description - for example a description of a component within <dsc>
> or a description of a child record. This type of link would use <archref>
> but it would be useful for us to find out if any other repositories have
> linked to fuller descriptions in this way and how they have used <archref>
> attributes to do this. 
> Many thanks,
> Jane.