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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


New Archives Collections database launched

14 June 2024

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Archives Collections database with an interface provided by ArchivesSpace, an open-source Web application used by many leading institutions. We have been working with the management tools of ArchivesSpace internally for several years now, but until now the public view of our finding aids has been limited to static Web pages or PDF documents. This new platform allows our users to search, browse and filter our Archives holdings at multiple levels of detail.

Currently, over 30 of our collections are represented in the system. We will be adding new collections and enhancing existing entries as we continue to work through our data. Because of the integration of the system's components, information we enter will be immediately reflected in the public interface. Behind the scenes, ArchivesSpace supports several major metadata standards in use by archives and libraries, such as EAD, MARCXML and Dublin Core, which will not only help us to keep our data consistent but also prepare it for future integration with other digital tools.

We invite you to explore our Archives collections of correspondence, field notes, manuscripts and other writings using this new interface that will make our materials more accessible than ever.

About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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Scarlett T. Townsend