[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Top Containers for volumes

Hilton, Adrien adrien_hilton at harvard.edu
Wed Feb 13 09:53:27 EST 2019


I'm in the process of retrospectively adding top containers to all of our 800,000+ archival objects. A large number of our collections are in volume format, housed on shelves as is, not in boxes. I'm wondering how folks are handling these types of "containers" in AS.

Just for an example, the Jared Sparks papers consists of 10 individual volumes, which if these were boxes, of course would be Boxes 1-10. However, the material is a two part series, each consisting of 5 volumes each and referred to on spines as volumes 1-5 (1st series) and another volumes 1-5 (2nd series). I'm disinclined to give them top containers Volumes 1-10 and I don't want to have two Volume 1 Top Containers in the same collection. Any advise on how to make this clear to users and manageable on the back end?

Thanks in advance,
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