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The Alliance's Archives and Manuscripts Collections Service provides enhanced access to thousands of archival and manuscript collections in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington through a union database of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids and support for archival collection management. Participating institutions create EAD finding aids and add those finding aids to the Archives West database, which provides a cross-search capability for member institutions and places members' collections into context with related collections from other institutions. The program also hosts Archivist's Toolkit (transitioning to ArchivesSpace in 2017-18) to facilitate archival collection management.

The program is advised by the Unique & Local Content Team

Jodi Allison-Bunnell, Linda Morton-Keithley, and Elizabeth Knight. Build It--And Advocate for It--And They Will Come: Lessons from a Collaborative Project in Archives Advocacy and Program Development. Journal of Western Archives 4:1(2013). /

Jodi Allison-Bunnell, Elizabeth Yakel, and Janet Hauck, ‘Researchers at Work: Assessing Needs for Content and Presentation of Archival Materials’ Journal of Archival Organization 9 #2 (Fall 2011): 67-104.