EAD at UC Berkeley

California Heritage Project || American Heritage Project || OAC Project
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Papers & Documents

The following SGML-encoded finding aids, a selection from several institutions, are served out as HTML files converted on-the-fly from the SGML via Enigma, Inc.'s DynaWeb server.


The Library at UC Berkeley, has had from the very beginning, a vital role in development of the EAD DTD in consultation with experts at other institutions. With partial funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Library has continued to be engaged in several important EAD-related projects:

California Heritage Project
The California Heritage Project is a "digital" archive containing photographs, pictures, and manuscripts offering the public direct access to unique, primary source materials. This collection of archival finding aids and thousands of photographs (eventually about 25,000), housed in the Bancroft Library, relates to California history.
American Heritage Project
The American Heritage Project is a collaboration between Stanford University, Duke University, the University of Virginia and the University of California, Berkeley, to create a shared database of EAD-encoded finding aids describing and providing access to collections documenting American history and culture.
Online Archive of California (OAC) Project
The OAC Project, formerly known as the "UC-EAD 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 EAD DTD. 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.
Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is the emerging standard for archival finding aids which is supported by the Society of American Archivists and the Library of Congress. Finding aids are inventories, registers, indexes, or guides that are created by archival and manuscript repositories to provide detailed information about specific collections. While the finding aids created by repositories may vary somewhat in style, their common purpose is to provide detailed description of the content and intellectual organization of collections and they have been indispensable to scholars and researcher. EAD makes it possible to provide access to archival finding aids in a platform-independent electronic format, using SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language). Access to finding aids through the Internet will assist scholars in determining whether collections contain material relevant to their research and will make it possible for primary sources to be used in K-12 classrooms. Starting with the Berkeley Finding Aid Project (BFAP), Berkeley Library researchers have lead the development of this standard for archival description. Berkeley's SunSITE is the location for a growing collection of finding aids for the archives and special collections of the UC System and for a number of other institutions which have collaborated with Berkeley in its efforts to assist the national community develop this important standard. More information about the history of the EAD is available from the Library of Congress EAD Page.

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