Hi Michelle-

I'm glad to see that someone else is dealing with this question.  At Rensselaer, we have been embedding an image in our HTML finding aids for some time.  Once we started using EAD, that became an issue.

We wanted the image to open at the top of the finding aid, so instead of adding a link within the EAD, we decided to insert some coding in our template instead.  You can see an example at  We have it set up so the template looks for [collection #].jpg and automatically inserts the image in the right place.

This works fine if you're doing straight EAD markup with a template, but now that we've switched to Archon we don't have that option.  I'll be interested to see if anyone else is doing something like what you've described.

BTW, you may recognize our template - we adapted it from one you shared in a workshop I attended almost two years ago.  It was great!


Tammy Gobert                                  [log in to unmask]
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From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michele R Combs
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 10:35 AM
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Subject: EAC - link to associated image

I see that the EAD list is also the EAC list, according to the EAC home page, so here's a question for the collective EAC wisdom.  One of the things we'd like to include in our EAC records is a link to a photo of the person, or the company logo in the case of corporations, so that when the record is rendered all pretty in the browser there's a nice image to go with it.  I'm wondering what would be the most appropriate element to use.

At first I thought  <resourceRelation resourceRelationType="subjectOf" xlink:href="photo.jpg"></resourceRelation> .  But a company isn't really the "subject of" its logo, so that feels weird.  So now I'm thinking <citation xlink:href'"photo.jpg"> since its purpose is "to point to a resource that provides descriptive data which is not otherwise given in the EAC-CPF instance."  And since <citation> can occur in <bioghist> (the most logical place for a photo of a person or a company logo) maybe that's the best choice.  



Michele Combs
Lead Archivist
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University
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