<name> Proper noun or noun phrase.
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Contains the name of an entity that is difficult to tag more specifically as a corpName, geogName, persName, or title. The name element may be used in place of the more specific elements when it is not known what kind of name is being described or when a high degree of precision is not necessary. For example, the name element might be used when it is not clear whether the name "Bach" refers to a person or a geographic feature. The name element may be used for an individual, such as 'Henry VIII, King of England'; a corporate body, such as 'The Beatles'; a geographical place; or a generative mechanical process. When name parts are needed, use name sub-elements. The recommended values for the type attribute are: pers, corp, place, process. The date sub-element is available within name in order to record any dates, associated with the name, i.e., birth and death in the case of persons or creation and dissolution in the case of a corporate entity or place. The name of the list from which a controlled value is taken, such as the Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) or Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF), may be recorded using the authority attribute.


This element is modelled on an element in the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard.

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