SGML: Library of Congress EAD Finding Aid Page

Library of Congress EAD Finding Aid Page

Date:         Tue, 5 Aug 1997 11:45:29 -0400
Sender:       Encoded Archival Description List <>
From:         Mary Lacy <>
Subject:      Library of Congress EAD Finding Aid Page


The Library of Congress is happy to announce the availability of its new home page for finding aids using the Encoded Archival Description standard: This page serves as a central location for the Library of Congress' own implementation of EAD and provides access to all finding aids at LC which have been encoded using EAD. Links to reading rooms for the various special collections lead researchers to other online finding aids (primarily ASCII) also available at LC. In addition to listing the EAD finding aids and providing a link to the ftp site for downloading finding aids, stylesheets, and navigators, the page links to instructions on navigating finding aids using Panorama. The finding aid home page replaces the page maintained by American Memory,; please change your bookmarks and links accordingly.

The new finding aid home page contains ten additional finding aids encoded by the Manuscript Division as well as a new version of the Shirley Jackson finding aid; finding aids for the NAACP visual materials and Federal Theater Project are unchanged at this time. All stylesheets were created using Panorama 1.5; a few anomalies have already been noted in the display of Manuscript Division finding aids with the Panorama 2.0 viewer (evaluation copy). We would appreciate any feedback on the finding aids as well as the web page.

This new page supplements the EAD DTD page, which will continue to be the "official" EAD Standards Page at the Library of Congress (please note the new URL). This page has been updated to link to the finding aid page, to the application guidelines and tag library drafts, and to the EAD retrospective guidelines adopted by the American Heritage Virtual Archive Project and by the University of California EAD project. Another addition to the EAD DTD site is an annotated list of EAD sites on the Web: Please let us know about changes or additions we should make to this list to get up-to-date information out to the widest audience.

Please don't hesitate to let us know what you think. Watch this space for new developments as the EAD project matures.