[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Bulk Dates in PDF finding aids

Custer, Mark mark.custer at yale.edu
Mon Feb 9 14:34:43 EST 2015


I just did a quick test of adding a bulk date to ArchivesSpace, and here's what I got in the EAD export:

      <unitdate normal="1960/1985" type="bulk">bulk</unitdate>

Since the EAD-to-PDF transformation does not look at the unitdate @normal values, that's why the only thing you see in your PDF file is "bulk" (if my hunch is correct, that is, and you don't have any data in ArchivesSpace's "date expression" field).  So, I'd say that there are two ways to fix this:

  1.  Update the ArchivesSpace exporter to be more like AT's EAD export, which would duplicate the date values in the EAD export (e.g. ..."normal="1960/1985">1960-1985... )
  2.  Update the PDF style sheet to use the @normal values when it would make sense to.

My vote would be for the second one.

I'd also add, though, that the ASpace exporter should not include the word "bulk" in the unitdate field (that's what @type="bulk" is for), and I definitely wouldn't recommend recording those bulk dates in multiple places in the ASpace database just to get them to display.  But, that would fix things the quickest, I suppose.

Does that sound about right, or is it a different issue altogether?


From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] on behalf of Pitaro, Francesca [FPitaro at ap.org]
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2015 9:45 AM
To: archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Bulk Dates in PDF finding aids

Hi all,
When exporting records from Archivesspace to create a pdf finding aid the bulk dates don’t transfer. Please see attached screenshots. I have entered the bulk dates in archivesspace, but the pdf doesn’t show the dates. Instead of displaying the years in the field for bulk dates it says “bulk”.
Any help would be much appreciated.


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Francesca Pitaro
Processing Archivist
AP Corporate Archives

fpitaro at ap.org<mailto:fpitaro at ap.org>

450 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
T 212-621-7446

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