[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Dates

Runyon, Carolyn Carolyn-Runyon at utc.edu
Tue Nov 24 13:12:24 EST 2015

We also enter “undated” in the Expression field; however, we can almost always narrow the date to a reasonable range. Accordingly, we enter Begin and End dates for the range. Sometimes they are the birth and death dates of the creator. Other times, we can make an educated guess. For example, we might enter “circa 1975” in the Expression field, following by 1970 and 1979 in the Begin and End fields respectively. This way, if ArchivesSpace adds the ability to narrow searches by a date or date range, our undated materials will not miss out on discovery. We employ the same strategy in our undated materials in our Digital Commons and CONTENTdm repositories.

All best,

Carolyn Runyon
Assistant Head of Collection Services and Director of Special Collections
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN  37403
Carolyn-Runyon at utc.edu<mailto:Carolyn-Runyon at utc.edu>, (423) 425-4503
Dept. 6456, LIB 439D

On Nov 23, 2015, at 12:15 PM, Kevin Clair <Kevin.Clair at du.edu<mailto:Kevin.Clair at du.edu>> wrote:

Hi Matthew,

When we encounter this at DU we put “undated” in the expression (which allows for text, so you can write things like “undated,” “circa 1975,” etc.) and leave the Begin and End dates blank. Example: http://duarchives.coalliance.org/repositories/2/archival_objects/14766


From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org<mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Matthew H Tallant
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Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Dates

Hello collective wisdom
I am having trouble figuring out how to add a date that is unknown. According to DACS undated is used but the field only allows for dates. So what is used here?


Matthew Tallant
Processing Archivist
South Texas Archives
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