In the modified DTDs which have been mentioned (the DALF project, the
Henrik Ibsen project), are there elements that specifically designate
the place the letter was *sent*? Edward mentions that the DALF project
includes a <placeLet> tag for the place where the letter is written; is
that also allowed to be used for the place where it was sent? I'm also
curious about the <addressee> tag, but didn't say if that is limited to
a name only or if a location can be included in there. The project
documentation seems to imply that it is just the person to whom the
letter is addressed. Likewise for the <recipient> tag of the Ibsen's
The thing that we found attractive about the <provenance> tag is that it
is not semantically (as might be considered the case with <addressee> or
<recipient>) limited to a person/people, but can instead contain a prose
description of any number of stops of a given letter. Witness our use of
the <history> element for the Dickinson Electronic Archives:
<origin notBefore="1862" notAfter="1868">
<p>Written at the <name reg="Homestead">Homestead</name>,
<origPlace reg="Amherst, Massachusetts">Amherst,
Massachusetts</origPlace>, in the
<origDate notBefore="1862" notAfter="1868">mid-1860s</origDate>.
<provenance notBefore="1862" notAfter="1868">
<p>Sent to <name reg="Dickinson, Susan Huntington Gilbert"
Dickinson</name>, at the <name type="place"
reg="Evergreens">Evergreens</name>, <origPlace reg="Amherst,
Massachusetts">Amherst, Massachusetts</origPlace> in the <dateRange
. . .
Theoretically, any number of <provenance> elements could be included, if
a letter was then forwarded on, or if it was given to an individual for
delivery to another, etc.
Having said this, there is nothing about the <history> element of P5,
including the <provenance> element, which is specifically created for
marking up correspondence, and hence I wholeheartedly believe that
projects such as DALF are necessary for creating a framework for the
unique challenges that correspondences pose (even things as simple as
DALF's <envelope> element make things much, much easier in markup than
trying to stick to strict TEI).
Project Manager, Dickinson Electronic Archives
Ellen Nessheim Wiger wrote:
> At project Henrik Ibsen's Writings we have created a new element called
> <letterinfo> into which we put information about sender, recipient, place
> and date:
> <sender>Henrik Ibsen</sender>
> <recipient>Georg Brandes</recipient>
> <origDate value="1866-04-25">25. april 1866</origDate>
> Best wishes,
> Ellen Nessheim Wiger
> Henrik Ibsen's Writings
>>I was wondering if and how anyone working on a collection of letters has
> captured information in the header about where the letter was sent?
>>In the collection of correspondence that I am working on the two
> correspondents moved several times and significant events are tied to
> their residence in these different areas. We would like to find a way to
> capture this in the header so that users may search on where the letter
> was sent, but are unsure of how to do so. We've looked at the new
> manuscript chapter of P5 and will probably use the <origPlace> in the
> <history> set to capture where the letter was written, but don't seem to
> see a way to incorporate where it was sent.
>>Any thoughts, ideas, or examples would be most appreciated.
>>Digitial Collections and Research
>>University of Maryland