Migration as motivation: Upgrading legacy finding aids in preparation for ArchivesSpace



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The University of Houston Libraries Special Collections is migrating finding aids from Archon to ArchivesSpace. In addition, a cross-departmental team is working to migrate the UHL Digital Library from CONTENTdm to a Hyku repository. Envisioning our finding aids within a new digital curation ecosystem, it became apparent this migration project was also a data quality project. Focusing on data migration, systems integration, and standards-adherence, we undertook upgrading approximately 260 finding aids and creating minimal records for 100 “stub” records. This poster outlines our migration path into ArchivesSpace and shares strategies for creating DACS-compliant single-level descriptions for unprocessed materials.


This poster was presented at Archives 2017: alike/different, the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. It was presented on the Graduate Student track on July 27-28, 2017.


archives, data migration, Archives, Data migration