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Description: This project was created to identify, gather, standardize, and make publicly accessible United States archival repository location data. The work was supported by a Society of American Archivists Foundation grant. Project members include: Ben Goldman (Penn State University), Principal Investigator; Eira Tansey (formerly University of Cincinnati), Collaborator; and Whitney Ray, Research Assistant. We set out to try to answer a seemingly simple question that had challenged us during earlier research on archives and climate change: How many archives actually exist in the United States? And where are they located? The result was the RepoData project, an open data set of over 18,000 archives and institutions with archival records across the United States. You can interact with RepoData through ArcGIS online, and learn more about the data set through a StoryMap created by Eira Tansey. The original RepoData data is available in GitHub. RepoData is recognized as a vital data set in the American archives profession, and is being incorporated into a larger cultural heritage data set through the IMLS-funded PROTECCT-GLAM project at Louisiana State University.

License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International


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