(WHS Archives) ArchivesSpace Resource -- Collection Level Description
Instructions for creating a new resource record
Collection Level Description
Bold items: names of fields
Courier New: what to select or type
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New resource record
- Level of Description = Collection
- Resource Type = Papers or Collection
- Language [of collection]
- Finding Aid Data -- Finding Aid Status = In Progress
** = Required field (for publishing)
Edits and Additions to existing Finding Aids
- Minor edits may be either
- Sent by email to Description Archivist
- Print up relevant section(s) and mark corrections; make sure the print out has name of collection and call number
- Major edits and additions to EAD
- Request finding aid to be imported into ASpace by emailing Description Archivist
- Update collection level metadata
- Add Identifier
- Add accession number(s) to Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Finding Aid Data -- Finding Aid Status = Under Revision
- Other fields as needed
- Review import for any major errors in contents
- Papers: Collection of personal or family papers
- Records: Documentation and materials that were generated as the result of routine activities or transactions, especially those of a State, County or City or of a Corporate Body, Union, Club, or another organization
- Collection: Materials assembled by a person, organization, or repository from a variety of sources
- Publications: Published works [RARE]
- Agent Relation: do not use
- Broadcast: Use for Film or Audio which was publicly broadcast at the item level
- Copyright: Use for published materials with copyright date and no other date, otherwise use "Publication" [RARE]
- Creation: Use at all levels unless other label is appropriate; always select for Collection Level of Description
- Deaccssion: do not use in Resource
- Digitized: do not use
- Event: do not use
- Existence: do not use
- Issued: do not use, use creation or copyright
- Modified: do not use
- Other: do not use
- Publication: Use for published materials; if Copyright is only date available, use "Copyright"
- Record Keeping: do not use
- Usage: do not use
- Bulk: use if most materials fall within a certain date range
- Inclusive: use to record the earliest and latest dates
- Single: use if content falls within a single year
- Begin: provide beginning year of a range, do not include month or day
- End: provide end year of a range, do not include month or day
- Approximate (circa)
- Inferred (Questionable/conjectural dates, for example dates based on subject matter of materials, birth and death date of creator, not the documents themselves)
- y (yes)
- Whole: use for one extent; when collection is still being processed use
use for two or more extents; when there is more than one type of
material being described and/or when there is a processed portion of the
collection and an unprocessed portion
**Title: Collection level: Record a devised title in accordance with DACS 2.3.
Examples: Gaylord Nelson Papers [245 for Manuscript Collections]
Madison (Wis.). Treasurer: Tax Rolls [110 + 245 for Local Government Records]
Wisconsin. Equal Rights Division: Circuit Court Cases [110 + 245 for State Government Records]
Geographical Surveys West of the 100th Meridian Photographs
first box for main collection call number; separate call numbers by
format in separate cells, when possible. There are only 4 cells, with a
limit of 50 characters each (including spaces). For collections with a
long list of call numbers put in as many call numbers up to 50
characters in each cell. Note: ASpace will not inform users of
to many characters until export. Add any additional call numbers at the
beginning of Abstract.
Separate call numbers with semicolon (;) adding a semicolon to last call number in cell if next cell used.
|Mss 1020; Micro 2098;||Audio 1173A;||PH 3764;||AC 034; AC 407; AC 429-AC 434|
|Milwaukee Mss 104;||Milwaukee Micro 51; Micro 1071;||Disc 180A; Audio 1139A;||PH 3658|
**Level of Description: Collection is the only level used at the top level of description, and is used for all WHS Collections (State, Local, Mss, A/V). All other levels are only used at the contents level of description.
**Language: Select primary language represented in collection. See Language of Materials note for more than one language.
Publish?: Check when resource record is ready to be published.
Restrictions?: Check if restrictions exist (found in Deed of Gift, State Statute, or other related forms).
Repository Processing Note: Record any information relevant to the processing of the materials. Field not required and does not publish. Use for questions or comments during processing; delete when resolved.
See DACS 2.4 for
guidance. Record dates of record keeping activity or dates during which
the materials were created and/or collected. To add a new date, click
on Add Date and fill in the appropriate fields.
**Label: At collection level select Creation. Some
of the labels listed are not appropriate for contents list dates, but
rather are used for other areas of description such as for Agents.
**Expression: Use to record natural language expression specifying the date or date range of the materials in the accession
Spring 1980 [not at collection level]
FY2011 [not at collection level]
undated [not at collection level]
For bulk and inclusive, record dates in beginning and end fields, only at the collection level.
See DACS 2.5 for guidance.
**Number: numeric value used to indicate the number of units in the extent statement.
**Type: Select appropriate category from drop down menu. Use cubic feet.
**Container Summary: Record number and type of containers in accession. Consult document for standard descriptions of containers.
Examples: 10 record cartons, 3 oversize folders, 6 tubes, 1 USB flash drive
Physical Details: Record other physical details of the materials described.
Examples: black and white negatives; photograph prints; TIFFs; JPEGs; bound volumes; scrapbooks
Dimensions: do not use
Finding Aid Data
Input by the Cataloging Archivist (or their designee), except for Finding Aid Author and Finding Aid Status.
**EAD ID: See Appendix A for file naming conventions
Example: Finding Aid to the Gaylord Nelson Papers, 1954-2006 (bulk 1963-1980)
Nelson, Gaylord Papers
Wisconsin Department of Transportation Speeches
- In Progress: Processing Archivist working on new finding aid
- Under Revision: Processing Archivist working on imported or updating existing published finding aids
- In Review: Processing Archivist marks for Metadata Archivist to review of completed resource record for publishing
- Ready to Publish: Metadata Archivist to export EAD and MARC and submit to test site for further review
- Published: Set when finding aid published
- Creator: Creator(s) for collection
- Source: Donor(s) of collection
- Subject: Persons or Corporations as subjects
- Agents -- Create
**Finding Aid Status: Select appropriate category from drop-down menu
Note: At this time only add for creator(s); Archivist (or their designee) in charge of Metadata/Description, will add subject headings as needed
Add Agent Links for creators, donors or subject headings (persons, corporate bodies, and families). To determine if an agent record already exists in AS, browse all agents by choosing Browse→Agents in the home bar, or search AS using Search All Records at the top of the screen.
To add Agent Links click the Add Agent Link button.
**Role: Select role for the Agent from the drop-down menu. Select Creator (for creators) or Source (for donors). If donor and creator are the same, just add a Creator Agent Link.
Relator: Select appropriate option from drop-down menu, if applicable
**Agents: Browse to select an existing agent begin by entering the name; if no agent appears create a new agent.
To create a new agent:
- Corporate Entity
- Software = do not use
- Indirect = Person, (in most cases)
- Direct = Family, Corporations
Note: At this time the Archivist (or their designee) in charge of Metadata/Description will add subject headings via the imported MARC record into ASpace. The Processing Archivist will add subject headings to the exported MARC record in OCLC.Use to add subject headings to resource record, using primarily Library of Congress Subject Headings, Art & Architecture Thesaurus, or Local Sources. Create at least one but no more than five subject headings per resource record. To add a subject heading click Add Subject. Note, if importing a MARC record to create a new resource record, subject headings will automatically populate but edits may be required.**Subjects:
- To search for an existing subject heading, begin typing the name of the heading in the search box and select from the populated list which one you want to add. To add another subject, select Add Subject or click on the plus (+) button.
- To browse for existing subject headings select Browse from the drop down menu. A new window will appear and you can search for a subject in the upper left corner search box. Once you locate the subject heading in the results list, check the button next to the record and click Link to Subjects at the bottom of the page.
- To create a new subject heading select Create from the drop down menu. A new window will appear and you will populate the form accordingly.
- Source: select Library of Congress Subject Headings OR Local Sources
- Term: Use this field to indicate the subject heading or controlled vocabulary term or phrase.
- Type: Choose from a drop-down list to indicate the type of term being recorded.
- Genre/Form (MARC 655):A term indicating the form, genre, and/or physical characteristics of the materials being described. Genre terms for textual materials designate specific kinds of materials distinguished by the style or technique of their intellectual content (for example: biographies, catechisms, essays, hymns, or reviews)
- Geographic (MARC 651): Use the following for geographic names: archaeological sites, geographic regions (continents, land masses, planets, etc.), natural features (bays, capes, deserts, mountains), parks or other geographic entities NOT capable of authorship, and political jurisdictions.
- Topical (MARC 650): Use the following for topical entries: general terms, names of deities/fictitious characters/mythological figures NOT capable of authorship, names of events and holidays, names or terms applied to individual objects or classes of objects (universities and colleges), and systematic names of families/genera/species, etc.
- Persons/Families/Corporate Entities (MARC 600 or 610): Create Agent Links and select Subject as the role.
- Additional Terms and Types are required if applicable for Subjects with subdivisions. See below for entry of a term with two subdivisions (Agricultural laws and legislation -- United States)
- Click Create and Link to Subject when finished
Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, II. Financial Records, III. Photographs.
This collection was received in multiple parts from the donor(s) and is organized into [##] major parts. These materials have not been physically interfiled and researchers might need to consult more than one part to locate similar materials.
<ref linktype="simple" target="p#" show="replace" actuate="onrequest">Part # ([call #]): Original Collection [Additions], [dates]</ref>
Biographical/Historical (DACS 2.7; MARC 545): A brief description of the context in which the materials were created, assembled, accumulated, and/or maintained. This should include, but is not limited to, birth and death dates of central figures mentioned in the collection, their educational information, any local connections, and/or significant contributions or writings. Use if applicable.
For state government records with Agency Histories:
See Agency History in the catalog: <extref linktype="simple" href="[link to catalog record]">[name of agency in history]
Custodial history (DACS 5.4; MARC 561): do not use. See Immediate source of acquisition.
Existence and Location of Copies: do not use
Existence and Location of Originals (DACS 6.1): Indicates the existence, location, and availability of originals when the materials being described consist of copies and the originals are not held by the repository (rare).
File plan: do not use
General: do not use [Not available in EAD3] except for the case of the following:
These records have been assigned Series ####.
Presented by David R. Obey, Washington, D.C., 1992, 2013. <num type="accession">M92-136, M2013-092</num>
State and Local Records:
<num type="accession">1990/144, 1992/077, 1998/009, 1999/039, 2001/122, 2003/047, 2005/032, 2006/134, 2008/019, 2016/068</num>
<extref href="http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/whsead.catalog?repl1=[oclc #]" role="handle">COLLECTION MAY BE STORED OFF-SITE: see catalog entry to request materials and for additional information.</extref>
- Function(s), activity(ies), etc. that generated materials being described;
- The documentary form(s) or intellectual characteristics of the records being described (e.g., minutes, diaries, reports, etc.) in accordance to series (if present);
- The physical formats of the records being described (e.g. papers, photographs, audiovisual recordings);
- The content dates (time periods) covered by the intellectual content or subject of the unit;
- Geographic area(s) and places to which the records pertain;
- Subject matter to which the records pertain, such as topics, events, people, and organizations;
- Any other information that assists the user in evaluating the relevance of the materials, such as completeness, changes in location, detailed organizational structure, ownership and custody while still in possession of the creator, etc;
- Information about significant gaps in time (unless resulting from an appraisal decision)