custodial history

n.The succession of offices, families, or persons who held materials from the moment they were created.LawThe succession of officers or individuals who held real evidence from the moment it is obtained until presented in court.DescriptionAn <admininfo> subelement in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) used for information about the chain of ownership of the materials being described before they reached the immediate source of acquisition.


Custodial history3 can be used to describe both physical possession and intellectual ownership and to provide details of changes of ownership or custody that are significant in terms of authority, integrity, and interpretation.