I suspect you are right and that the specific question you are
trying to answer is not known.
A study that I wrote for SAA's College and university Archives
Reader regarding processing in CU Archives may be of some
interest to you--with a few caveats. First, the information was
gathered in 2007. Second, I did not specifically ask the
question '% of FA's encoded as EAD". However, I asked several
related questions, such as "What percentage of your processed
holdings are described on line in any format. . " and "What is
your principal finding aid format at that collection/folder/itme
level". Finally, the sample size for the survey was around 100
A draft version of the study is here, and the raw survey data is
in the appendix:
The published article in only available in print:
Thanks, and best of luck with your project.
Christopher J. Prom
Assistant University Archivist
University of Illinois Archives
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
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On Wed, 4 Feb 2009, Michele R Combs wrote:
> Thanks to those who have already responded with individual numbers.
> Given my time constraints, if anyone can point me to previous survey(s)
> that asked this question and have posted or published their tabulated
> results, that would be very helpful.
> FYI, in searching the list archives and online, I have found a few that
> come close but none that specifically ask "What % of your finding aids
> are currently in EAD?" (and perhaps "What % do you anticipate will be
> in EAD in 6 months?"). The recent Archivists Toolkit User Group survey
> f ) asked about EAD finding aids, but not in terms of numbers or
> percentages, just "most" "some" "a few" or "none" . Beth Yakel's 2004
> df looks at how many institutions have adopted EAD but doesn't delve
> into how many FAs they actually have encoded. Gina Minks' (U of Tulsa)
> survey from 2002 (http://www.amigos.org/files/2002_blueprint.pdf) asked
> what % of collections have MARC records and what % have FAs, but did not
> ask what % are in EAD form.
> ARL's recent (Nov 2008) "Manuscript collections on the web" (
> http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/spec307web.pdf ) surveyed ARL member
> institutions and reported 80% were doing something with EAD but the
> average number of manuscript collections with EAD-encoded FAs was 530,
> roughly 1/3 the average number of manuscript collections that have MARC
> records (1560). By comparison, 94% have SOME kind of finding aids
> online (HTML, PDF, Word, etc); the average number of collections
> represented online is 830.
> It appears that the % of FAs encoded in EAD across the board may be a
> gap in our knowledge. Food for thought :)
> Thanks --
> (be green - don't print this email!)
> Michele Combs
> Manuscripts Librarian
> Special Collections Research Center
> Syracuse University Libraries
> 222 Waverly Ave.
> Syracuse, NY 13244
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