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Best Practice Recommendation: The purpose of the Orbis Cascade Alliance”s ArchivesSpace documentation is to:

  • Ensure a basic level of uniformity in the structure, encoding, and content of archival collection management metadata
  • Promote interoperability of metadata
  • Provide clear guidance on program-wide and institutional choices
  • Ease the pathway from ArchivesSpace to Archives West


Instructions for importing EAD into ArchivesSpace to create Resource Records and support records. Identifies pre-migration cleanup tasks, common problems for A&M participating institutions, and interpretation of AS import logs.

Updates expected as institutions encounter and report additional situations. 

Institutions that wish to upload and merge collection- and component- level can use this XML placeholder record.

Software: ArchivesSpace v. 2.5.2
Configuration notes: n/a
Current phase: Phase 5 (Approved) Written by: Archival Collection Management Working Group of the Unique and Local Content Team
Approved by: n/a Last updated: 2020 May

Nature of last update: Major revision for AS v 2.5.2
Document History:2.0