As an archivist, I want to link accession records to archival object records at any component level in a resource


Here's the thread this came out of for more information:


We would also be interested in this; it’s one of the features we lost in migrating from our last system (besides batch editing) that gets requested the most. We’re currently capturing this information in the Disposition Note of each Accession record, but we would definitely like to link to accessioned materials more directly than just at the Resource level. -k

From: On Behalf Of Jordon Steele
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:57 AM
To: Archivesspace Users Group
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Linking related accessions below collection level

Hi all,

We have an interest in linking archival objects (i.e. the levels below collection level) in resource records back to the accessions they came from. The situation that precipitated discussion about this possibility was that we have one series of materials that is associated with multiple accession records.

Unless I’m missing something, the only way one can currently link to accessions from resource records is at the collection level. There is no “Related accessions” feature at levels below that.

The way we’re doing this now is creating an accruals note at the appropriate level and typing the accession number into the free text field, but having a direct link between the two would be handy. For born-digital collections, we are also linking the original containers from which the digital content came to the appropriate level in the resource record using the instance module.

I’m wondering if others in the community have discussed or considered this before.


Lydia Tang
February 26, 2020, 6:12 PM

Related to this ticket:

Jordon Steele
February 26, 2020, 6:37 PM

Thanks, Lydia, can we take your above comment to mean that our feature request is ready for implementation, too?


Lydia Tang
February 26, 2020, 6:45 PM

Yes. Dev. Pri. discussed this ticket today. Note for developer: it would be easiest to work first on

Wendy Scheir
July 17, 2020, 3:48 PM

Still really interested in this functionality. Is there any news on implementation timing?

Christine Di Bella
February 1, 2021, 7:01 PM

The Related Accessions sub-record on a resource component/archival object should be placed between the Extents and Agent Links sub-records.




Jordon Steele