Archives West and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Documentation

NEW! ArchivesSpace to Archives West Harvester

In March 2023, the Alliance launched a customized OAI-PMH harvester to facilitate the interoperability of ArchivesSpace and Archives West. A&M participants who use ArchivesSpace can now harvest a finding aid into Archives West using a simplified process in Archives West Management Tools (a.k.a. “utility site”). The classic finding aid upload process is still available for those who don’t use ASpace.

Overview: Learn what the harvester does, how it works, and our goals for supporting it:
ArchivesSpace to Archives West Harvesting: An Overview – video presentation

Harvest an ArchivesSpace Resource in Archives West – written documentation
ArchivesSpace to Archives West Harvesting demo – video tutorial

Need help?
The written documentation includes a list of frequent error messages and how to troubleshoot them. You can also send a help request to Alliance central staff.

EAD Best Practices

EAD and Archives West Video Tutorials

The recordings are available to view anytime according to your needs.

Additional Encoding Support

Helper files for use with XMetaL or Oxygen

Converting EAD Finding Aids into MARCXML

MARCedit (Terry Reese)

Other Resources