If you have access to oXygen, you can also do this there with an xslt. I wrote a tutorial about how to do this here: http://icantiemyownshoes.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/tutorial-how-to-turn-a-spreadsheet-into-the-contents-list-of-an-ead-encoded-finding-aid/


I’ve also done the MS Word mail merge thing before and it totally works – I found that I’ve sometimes run into performance problems, though, if I’m working with a file with a lot of rows.




Maureen Callahan

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Manuscripts & Archives

Yale University Library

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From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Perkes
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:46 PM
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Subject: Re: Excel-to-EAD scripts, macros, whatever


You can use Excel as the data source for Word's mail merge function. Put the XML wrappers in Word with placeholders for the fields defined in Excel, run the merge, delete section breaks, and paste into your EAD document.


Elizabeth Perkes
Electronic Records Archivist
Utah State Archives
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On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM, Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi guys --

I seem to recall someone, or perhaps several someones, mentioning on this list that they had macros or scripts or something to convert collection inventories in Excel to EAD.  Yes?

Michele Combs
Lead Archivist
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
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