[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Display issues for records with multiple date records attached

Christine Di Bella christine.dibella at lyrasis.org
Mon Oct 1 12:26:23 EDT 2018

Dear Olivia,

One of the sticking points on handling https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-172 is determining which dates should show in the display title line (only creation dates, all dates?) and how to handle cases where people have many, many dates. I encourage you to add to the comments in the ticket if you have suggestions. Adding multiple dates to the display title in the public interface search results and the record tree have similar issues (though perhaps not separate JIRAs – but once the display title is changed to included multiple dates it would change everywhere display title appears in the interface or PDFs). A broader discussion and ideas would definitely be helpful, just keeping in mind that the solution will need to reflect how best to handle this given the many different ways ArchivesSpace users use dates in their records.

On the PDFs and how dates display in them in addition to the display title, around version 1.5.0 some code was introduced into the stylesheet for the PDF on the staff side that listed all dates under the component listing. Many people found this redundant and that it added unnecessary length to the finding aid, a concern when the PDFs are being thought of primarily as something to be printed or given to a researcher as an easily digestible listing of a resource. Subsequently the same observation was made for the PDF for the PUI side. The stylesheets for both PDFs were updated to remove the line-by-line listing of dates, though the code is still available for use by people who want to display their dates this way in their PDFs. At this point we would not consider these changes to the PDFs bugs but rather a response to feedback and something to be customized based on institutional preference. If you need help identifying how to change this for your own institution, we’ll be glad to provide the info.


Christine Di Bella
ArchivesSpace Program Manager
christine.dibella at lyrasis.org<mailto:christine.dibella at lyrasis.org>
800.999.8558 x2905
cdibella13 (Skype)


From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> On Behalf Of Olivia S Solis
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:16 AM
To: Archivesspace Users Group <archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Display issues for records with multiple date records attached

Hello all,

We have noticed the behavior documented in this bug regarding multiple date records attached to a record not displaying in the staff interface:

We've also noticed this in a number of other places, including:

PDFs exported from the public interface, though the dates (perhaps redundantly) since the dates are also displayed below the title plus the first date:
[Screen Shot 2018-09-25 at 9.48.52 AM.png]
The record tree in the public interface:
[Screen Shot 2018-09-25 at 10.02.48 AM.png]

Search results in the public interface:
[Screen Shot 2018-09-25 at 10.07.34 AM.png]
There may be more places as well. Is this the same bug as ANW-172? Should this be reported there or are all the places this happens to be considered separate bugs?


Olivia Solis, MSIS
Metadata Coordinator
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
The University of Texas at Austin
2300 Red River St. Stop D1100
Austin TX, 78712-1426
(512) 232-8013
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