We have always used <relatedmaterial> for related material within our own repository and between components of the same finding aid.


Why it was defined as restricted to external related material, I never understood.  I always took it to be an oversight on the part of the authors of the tag library.


If in EAD3 we use <relation> for holdings in the same repository, then by the same logic you would do away with <relatedmaterial> altogther.


//upsets the apple cart and leaves//






From: Encoded Archival Description List [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Victoria Peters [[log in to unmask]]
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Hi Jane and others


EAD3 has a solution for this, I believe, with the new <relations> element. The tag library says:
“relationships with other resources such as archival collections…may be expressed using a <relation> element with the @relationtype attribute set to ‘resourcerelation’..”
I don’t know if this is intended for internal references as well as others but I don’t see why not.


I would think that this is a much more dynamic way of linking to related material than via <relatedmaterial>.

Of course, this may not be an answer right now until we’re all upgraded to EAD3 but it’s worth bearing in mind.



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This has come up for me a few times.  As my antipathy for <note> is well documented, I have always advocated for using <relatedmaterial> for internal references. I will ask the tag library editorial team to consider revising the element definition to make it more accommodating of the ISAD(G) usage.




On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:47 AM, Jane Stevenson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi there,

I'm just wanting to advise an archivist who wants to refer to related material that is within the same collection.

The <relatedmaterial> tag is NOT for materials related by provenance.
However, it is comparable to ISAD(G) 3.5.3
ISAD(G) 3.5.3 is for "information about units of description in the same repository or elsewhere that ARE related by provenance or other association(s)

Has anyone come up against this issue before?

I know <separatedmaterial> is for materials related by provenance, but it's for materials that have been separated from the described materials. In this case there is no separation - it's all one collection, but the cataloguer wants to point researchers to related items within the collection.


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