As Don and Bert pointed out (thanks!), the DALF project has developed a
customisation of the TEI markup scheme for the encoding of
correspondence materials. At the project website
(, you can find
* a customised DTD:
* accompanying documentation:

A major part of this modification involved the extension of the TEI
header with elements for letter-specific metadata. The most important
ones are:

* <letIdentifier>: information concerning the identification of the
letter within its holding institution (country, settlement, repository,
collection, identification number)
* <letHeading>: a structured description of bibliographical information
of a letter (author(s), addressee(s), place, date of writing)
* <physDesc>: a description of the physical appearance of the letter
(formal typology, dimensions, materials used, aspects of layout)
* <envOcc>: occurrence of envelope

... with further header provisions for detailed records of the contents,
history, subdivisions and additional information, and text elements for
the encoding of letter-specific textual phenomena (postscript, print
fragments, calculations,...).

Your specific problem could be addressed in the DALF model using the
<placeLet> element inside <letHeading>


Ron Van den Branden
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Centrum voor Teksteditie en Bronnenstudie (CTB)
Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde (KANTL)
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