Archives West and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Documentation

January 2022 Archives West Upgrade

In January 2022, Archives West will be upgraded to use BaseX, an open-source database engine. The upgrade makes major back-end improvements to search operation in Archives West. It also supports improvements that are high priority for the A&M community. Read more about changes to Archives West.

Archives West Utility Site

The Utility Site is your destination for getting ARKs, using the compliance checker and submitting your finding aids to the database. (You must be a Archives & Manuscripts Service participant with a login and password to access this site.)

EAD Best Practices

EAD and Archives West Video Tutorials

The recordings are available to view anytime according to your needs, or can be used in sequence to support attendance of the five-part workshop series.

Software Documentation

Helper files for use with XMetaL or Oxygen

Additional Encoding Support

Institutional Examples & Tools

Central Oregon Community College’s Instructions for Exporting Container Lists from Access (PDF)

Steady, a tool from the University of North Carolina for converting CSV to EAD XML (2011 February 16)

Converting EAD Finding Aids into MARCXML

Other Resources