[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Bulk updating instances with new Top Containers linked to multiple resources

Yatsonsky, Nicole yatsonskyn at uncw.edu
Wed Jun 16 13:20:21 EDT 2021

Hi all,

We are condensing several boxes from collections into multiple-collection boxes. For example, Collection# 1 Box 1, Collection #2 Box 5, and Collection# 3, Box 10 will now all be in Box A.

Is there a way to simply replace all instances of Box 1 in Collection 1's resource record with Box A, maintaining any child information like folder numbers in the Instances, without having to individually click on each archival object and update the instance?

There aren't enough archival objects to warrant exporting as a CSV, editing the file, and then importing it back, but just enough to sometimes make it a hassle in certain resource records. Since these new top containers are linked to multiple resource records, I'm also wary of it creating duplicates that way.

Essentially it would be helpful if there was basically a way in the Top Containers page to "replace" a box with another, though I don't see anything like that, and merge isn't exactly what we're looking for.


Nicole Yatsonsky, CA
Special Collections Library Specialist
Randall Library
UNC Wilmington

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something that outlasts it."  ~ William James

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