[Archivesspace_Users_Group] MARCxml importer

Hilton, Adrien adrien_hilton at harvard.edu
Wed Sep 26 10:08:44 EDT 2018

Hi Everyone,

I have over 1000 collection level MARC records that I'd like to import into ArchivesSpace as resource records. We've exported them from Aleph as MARCxml and made a number of adjustments in preparation for import.

A couple of points of information:

  *   Harvard has a custom requirement in our ASpace instance on the EADID field. It's needed in order to save the resource record and in a specific format.

  *   We machine added those EADIDs into our MARCxml using the 555 field as this is the MARC field that ID goes (as part of our url to the finding aid).

The problem, as I understand it, is that the ArchivesSpace importer for MARCxml doesn't include a mapping to the EADID field so that data gets dropped on import and then the job fails for the Harvard specified requirement.

Does anyone have suggestions on how to start thinking through a solution? For me, the best solution is to adapt the importer, but I assume that's the most challenging or problematic.

Thanks in advance for thoughts,

Adrien Hilton
Head of the Manuscript Section
Houghton Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
adrien_hilton at harvard.edu

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