CARDinal searchable database gets a new look

CARDinal, the keyword-searchable database for archival materials, got a makeover. Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) has transitioned into a new open source (not to be confused with open access, which our library also supports) collection management system (ArchivesSpace). 

Our use of ArchivesSpace demonstrates our commitment to innovation and collaboration. Please see this blog post by Dr. Starr Hoffman for more information on open source software, open access, and how the two often work in conjunction with one another. 

What does this mean for our researchers? 

-Our new database has a more user-friendly look. 

    -Requesting materials in Aeon will look a little different. 

    -More streamlined access to materials that have been digitized. 

      We ask for patience as we improve access to our collections. This software and its integration with other library and archival systems is constantly being improved upon and there will be temporary hiccups. Updates are underway to current tutorials and SCUA guides regarding searching and requesting in our collections. 

      Keep an eye out for updates on our blog Cardinal Tales. Email us at for questions and feedback regarding our new database.