At this point, we're ready to add information about the archive itself to the document. While
<eadheader> focuses on administrative information about the finding aid,
<archdesc> contains information about the contents of the collection the finding aid focuses on.
<archdesc> has only one required child element,
<did>, which contains basic information about the collection such as where it's located, who created the items in the collection, and other relevant information about the collection itself. While
<archdesc> has only one required child element, there are many optional elements that can be used in whatever combination necessary to mark up information contained in the finding aid, such as:
- access restrictions on the materials in the collection
- biographical information about the creator of the materials
- how items are currently physically arranged
- other collections that may be related to the one documented in the finding aid
- any items that may have been removed from the original collection and moved elsewhere
<archdesc> contains a lot of information, we'll be working on it in two parts: first, we'll add the descriptive information about the collection we're working with, then we'll document the individual items in the collection. Let's start with adding
<did> to the document.