[Archivesspace_Users_Group] General purpose import tool for accession records?

McElheny, Robin G. robin_mcelheny at harvard.edu
Mon Oct 27 13:38:30 EDT 2014

Nathan –

There are folks at Harvard who are interested in the general purpose import tool and we may be interested in testing it.  Can you send us some more information about it and what testing will entail?


Robin McElheny
Associate University Archivist for Collections and Public Services
Harvard University Archives
Pusey Library
Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: robin_mcelheny at harvard.edu
Phone: 617-495-2461
Fax: 617-495-8011

From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Nathan Stevens
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 10:18 AM
To: Archivesspace Users Group
Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] importing to Accession and Resource records?

Hi Katherine,
The ASpace team is currently working on a general purpose import tool (https://github.com/ns96/ASpaceMigrator) which should make your data migration task easier.
If you would like to be a beta tester of this program let me know and we can discuss the details.

On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM, Katherine Collett <kcollett at hamilton.edu<mailto:kcollett at hamilton.edu>> wrote:
We’re just starting to map the fields from our old accession database in FileMaker Pro to the ArchivesSpace fields, in preparation for migrating all the data.  Can data be imported into both the Accession record and the Resource and other records?  We have fields, for instance for location, that ArchivesSpace has only in the Resource record, but we don’t actually have separate resource records—all the information is in the accessions database (or in separate Word description documents, which we can deal with later).

What we’re thinking of doing is importing the location information into a user-defined field, which I hope we will later be able to map to the location field in the Resource record.  I see that we need to create the locations to be linked records—which will work fine later, and we can use the location info in the user-defined field to assign the correct locations.  Is there a quicker way of importing all the locations to the proper fields?


Katherine Collett, Archivist
Hamilton College Archives
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
askarch at hamilton.edu<mailto:askarch at hamilton.edu>
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Nathan Stevens
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New York University

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