ArchivesSpace is announcing the availability of v2.8.0. You can download it at

This release contains program-led and community pull requests that provide feature enhancements, bug fixes, infrastructure improvements, and documentation updates. Some items of note include the ability to merge top containers, new browse, search, and sort preferences in the staff interface, some improvements to search and display in the public interface, additional display and faceting options in the background jobs area, bug fixes and accessibility improvements. Developers at Harvard University contributed several new features related to containers and locations from the specification they circulated in the community last year.

Fans of the popular Harvard import plugin will be pleased to see that its functionality is now included in ArchivesSpace, courtesy of our work with the plugin’s original developer, Bobbi Fox. Please note that if you used the plugin previously you will need to disable it before starting up ArchivesSpace post-upgrade.

Thanks very much to community members Andrew Morrison, Austin Schaffer, Dave Mayo, David P. Steelman, Douglas Simon, Katie Amaral, Mark Custer, Mark Triggs, Matt Patterson, Michael Vandermillen, and Peter Heiner for their code contributions to this release. Program team members Lora Woodford and Mark Cooper wrote extensive code and supervised the work of the contractors we worked with us on this release: Bobbi Fox, Brian Zelip, Sarah Morrissey, and Manny Rodriguez. As always this release would not have been possible without the substantial efforts of our Development Prioritization sub-team, Testing sub-team, Technical Documentation sub-team, User Documentation sub-team, and Core Committers Group.

Information on upgrading to a new version of ArchivesSpace is available at Please let us know if you have any questions or need help upgrading. This is the last release where our primary technical documentation will live at If you’d like to get a jump on things, please change your bookmarks to for all updates going forward.

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