A Prototype Union Database of Encoded Archival Finding Aids

The Online Archive of California Project, is a two-year pilot project to develop a UC-wide prototype union database of 30,000 pages of archival finding aid data encoded using the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) SGML document type definition. This database will serve as the foundation for the development of a full-scale digital archive for the University of California System (UC) available via the Internet to diverse user communities.

At the Planning Conference on UC Implementation of EAD held at UCLA on September 28-29, 1995, the UC Archivists' Council, UC Heads of Special Collections, several systems librarians, and representatives from the UC Division of Library Automation (DLA), Stanford, USC, The Getty, and The Huntington libraries unanimously agreed that a pilot project to prototype a union database of finding aids using EAD would play a critical role in facilitating rapid implementation of the new standard by research libraries throughout California.

The project's overall goal is the development of an implementation toolkit and prototype union database, providing a testbed to evaluate the effectiveness of Encoded Archival Description, the emerging standard for electronic archival finding aids, as an encoding scheme for a union database providing integrated access to archival holdings from all UC Special Collections and University Archives units.

Project Coordinator:
Charlotte B. Brown
Assistant Head
Dept. of Special Collections
UCLA Library, Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Phone: 310/825-7265
Fax: 310/206-1864
Project Administrator:
Brian Schottlaender
Associate University Librarian
Collections & Technical Services
UCLA Library, Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Phone: 310/825-1202
Fax: 310/206-4109


Full text of OAC (UC-EAD) grant proposal

Browse various online collections of EAD-encoded finding aids

The Library of Congress' EAD homepage

The OAC “toolkit” and other SGML-related software

The OAC ftp site

The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE

OAC website maintained by Alvin Pollock,
Last updated: 03/06/98