Hi Jodi -

When you say that your tool will integrate "digitized content and detailed metadata from archival and manuscript collections," it sounds like you're making a distinction between the two kinds of "stuff" (archival and manuscript).  What do you see as the difference?  Or in the context of your project, what is the difference?   Are they two totally different things, or are manuscript collections one kind of archival collection (others being...?)

I ask because just last week we had a lively debate in our staff meeting over terminology on our revised website, as to whether we should call our stuff manuscript collections or archival collections :)

Thanks --


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HI all:
It's taken me a long time to review all the sites, but I appreciate it. This topic has come along just as I was doing a competitive set analysis and added greatly to it!

I am the director of an IMLS-funded project to create the Cross-Search and Context Utility (XCU). The project will build a sustainable tool that brings together digitized content and detailed metadata from archival and manuscript collections. This will create access to digitized objects and their collections in context to better meet the needs of avocational researchers, college and university faculty, administrators, college and university students, and family historians.

What does that mean? Watch The XCU Story<>!

In creating a way to present digitized content in collection context, the project may provide a means for presenting digitized and born-digital objects in bulk. We are in the later phases of start-up now and will give periodic updates to this list.

You can also find the latest project documentation and more details at

Best, Jodi

On Feb 16, 2012, at 9:00 AM, Custer, Mark wrote:

Hi all,

I really like how the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago provides access to digitized content via their online finding aids.  It's simple, it preserves context, and - perhaps most importantly - it's available for off-line research.  For examples of how they provide access, see the "inventory" section within any of the finding aids on the following webpage:

I also really, really, really like the University of North Texas Digital Library,, which provides exemplary item-level webpages that push everything out (from metadata, use stats, and even the ability to download images, albeit one at a time, in this case) in a clean and clear user interface.

So, my questions are:

1.       Can anyone point me to other examples, like the University of Chicago, which provide easy access, whether via bulk downloads or a single packaged file, to digitized (or born-digital) objects that have been arranged by an archives?

For example, I just found another great example provided by the Portal de Archivos Espao˝les ( by way of the awesome APEnet portal (  So, I know that there must be many more examples out there!

2.       How about any other examples like the UNT Digital Library, especially if those are tied to EAD finding aids?

3.       What about an ideal combination of the above?

Any and all examples are welcome,


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