[Archivesspace_Users_Group] curl help

Ben Goldman bmg17 at psu.edu
Mon Jan 19 15:55:56 EST 2015

Hey All, 

Wondering if anyone can help a cURL novice work through the process of exporting a finding aid from the API. I've reviewed some of the past emails on this subject from Noah and Kevin but I am still hung up somewhere. A quick recap: 


curl -F password='***' http://aspace1prod.dlt.psu.edu:9089/users/bmg17/login 

Save token: 


Just to verify I know what I am doing, try retrieving a resource record: 

curl -H "X-ArchivesSpace-Session: $token" 'http://aspace1prod.dlt.psu.edu:9089/repositories/3/resources/1352' 

Success: {"lock_version":0,"title":"Frederick R. Matson papers","publish":true, etc. etc. etc. 

I'm not going to do a mass publish yet, but went ahead and retrieved all the ids anyway: 

curl -H "X-ArchivesSpace-Session: $token" 'http://aspace1prod.dlt.psu.edu:9089/repositories/3/resources?all_ids=true' 

A long list. Including a very short resource record with the id of 9235. Now I am wondering exactly how I put this together to export just this one. This is the command mentioned in previous messages: 

curl --output “resource_#1.xml” -H "X-ArchivesSpace-Session: $TOKEN" 'http://aspace1prod.dlt.psu.edu:9089/repositories/3/resource_descriptions/$ids.xml?numbered_cs=true" 

I assume if I'm just exporting one, I can replace '$ids" with the actual number (9235), and that the value following --output can be whatever I want the finding aid file name to be. Is all this correct? And where would this actually output the file to? 

Thanks, in advance, for any help. 


Ben Goldman 
Digital Records Archivist 
Penn State University Libraries 
University Park, PA 

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