[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Finding Aid Status dropdown

Brad Westbrook brad.westbrook at lyrasis.org
Fri Mar 27 20:24:22 EDT 2015

Hi, Sue,

I had no idea this was the case.  The list for finding aid status is completely configurable by a repository manager.  Typically that would mean all the values are purely descriptive and do not drive functionality in the application or in downstream systems.

But I see that is not really the case.  A resource lacking a value for finding aid status displays in the Publc UI like this:

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Whereas the same resource description with the finding aid status encoded for “Completed” displays like this:

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When encoding the finding aid status element as “In progress” | “Under revision” | “Unprocessed”, the display is the same as when no value is provided.

I can’t explain the presence of this functionality you have discovered.  You’re right that the functionality is not explained in the user documentation.  It’s also not traceable to the resource specification, which represents the list as being only descriptive:

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1.    I also cannot find a development ticket accounting for the functionality, unless it is an unintended effect of something else such as AR-705<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-705>  or AR-755<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-755>.

So why this functionality is there is a mystery to me, but it does seem clearly tied to the value “Completed”.

So should this functionality remain as it is, in which case, the controlled value list has to be modified so that “Completed” cannot be deleted or merged into a different value?  Or should the behavior now associated with the value of “Completed” in the finding aid status element be true for all front matter whenever it is present and not be tied to the value in finding aid status?  Indeed, should not the finding aid status value itself be added to the displayed front matter?

Brad W.

Bradley D. Westbrook
Program Manager
brad.westbrook at lyrasis.org<mailto:brad at archivesspace.org>
800.999.8558 x2910
bradley_d_westbrook (Skype)
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Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Finding Aid Status dropdown


I have searched the documentation and cannot find any explanation for the entries in the finding aid status dropdown.

Some background: all our AT data was migrated to a LYRASIS hosted instance of ArchivesSpace, and the AT statuses were included in that migration.  We have continued to use them because they are meaningful to us, but I just discovered yesterday (the day we went live) that the ASpace statuses actually have a meaning!  Since we are now going to have to use them, I’d like to know exactly what all of them do (the only one I am sure of is Completed, which means all front matter appears in the public display of a resource record).

Can anyone enlighten me?



Sue Luftschein

Archival and Metadata Librarian

Special Collections

USC Libraries

luftsche at usc.edu<mailto:luftsche at usc.edu>


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