Encoded Archival Standards Section

Mission Statement

The Encoded Archival Standards Section of the Society of American Archivists is intended to promote the implementation and use of encoding standards for dissemination of archival information. To this end, we aim to provide tools and information for use in encoding archival descriptions; discuss and facilitate the use of software for markup, parsing, indexing, and delivery; and monitor and contribute to encoding standard development for archival description.


Following the creation of EAD Listserv in 1996 and the launch of the official EAD website by Library of Congress in 1996, members of the Society of American Archivists identified the need for a group to handle the more informal aspects of EAD implementation. A petition to create a Roundtable in late 1997 was approved by the Council of the Society of American Archivists. On September 4, 1998, at the SAA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, the Encoded Archival Description Roundtable was officially inaugurated.  The Roundtable was recast as the Encoded Archival Standards Section in 2017.

Recent News & Announcements

In 2007, Marist College Archives & Special Collections received a grant from National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) to arrange, describe, preserve and make the collection of one of our nation’s best known journalists and explorers, Lowell Thomas accessible to all interested researchers and educators. The Lowell Thomas Papers consists of approximately 36,000 photographs, hundreds of hours of audio, thousands of feet of motion picture film, numerous artifacts and over one million pages of manuscript materials that date from 1789 to 1984. To make this collection accessible, the project proposed to arrange and describe the entire collection down to item level and create a finding aid marked up in EAD format.
The EAD Roundtable is seeking nominations for a new Co-Chair Elect.
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