Program Timeline

June 2009
New York University Library, University of California San Diego Library, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library agree to merge Archivists’ Toolkit (AT) and Archon archives information management applications. Andrew W. Mellon offers funding to support the endeavor.

September 30, 2009
AT and Archon stop development but continue user support and fixing of reported bugs

October 2009 - December 2009
High-level functional requirements established
Name of ArchivesSpace adopted for product derived from the integration of AT and Archon

January 2010
Funding for project planning phase by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

January 2010 - June 2011
Business modeling and planning

January 2010 - June 2012
Functional specifications drafted and vetted by community

June 2010
Technical architecture report issued

July 2011
Funding for project design and implementation phase awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
ArchivesSpace teams formed; Technical Architect and Development Manager hired

August 2011
Community update at Archivists’ Toolkit/Archon Roundtable Meeting at SAA

August 2011 - June 2012
Development planning and analysis

September - October 2011
Requests for proposals for software development distributed

October 2011
Technical planning meeting at UC San Diego

May 2012
LYRASIS identified as organizational home

June 2012
Software development vendor selected
Functional specifications finalized

July 2012
Hudson Molonglo awarded development sub-contract

July 2012 - July 2013
Application development

September 2012
Usability and build/release testing begins

September 2012 - October 2013
Testing of tools and resources for migrating AT and Archon implementations

December 2012
Launch marketing, communication and outreach plan
Begin drafting user documentation
Plan AT and Archon migration services

January 2013
Operational support plan identified and selected

April 2013 - July 2013
ArchivesSpace Charter Membership drive

May 2013
Beta testing and rollout started

June 2013
ArchivesSpace Program Manager hired

July 2013 - August 2013
Development of XSLT stylesheets
54 Charter Members enrolled

September 2013
Enrollment of general members begins
AT and Archon stop providing user support and bug fixing.  Code, documents, and websites remain accessible
ArchivesSpace Mellon-funded development project concludes
ArchivesSpace version 1.0 released

October 2013
ArchivesSpace Board of Trustees elected
Funding to support transition process awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

November 2013
Development part of the Mellon-funded transition grant commences
Archivists' Toolkit to ArchivesSpace migration tool released to Charter members

December 2013
ArchivesSpace Developer hired
Board of Trustees approves new member category for Educational Programs teaching ArchivesSpace application 

January 2014
ArchivesSpace surpasses 100 members
Appointments made to ArchivesSpace Technical and User Advisory councils
Archon to ArchivesSpace migration tool released to Charter Members

February 2014
Archivists' Toolkit to ArchivesSpace migration tool released to all ArchivesSpace members

March 2014
ArchivesSpace versions 1.0.7 and released

May 2014
ArchivesSpace versoin 1.0.9 released
First group ArchivesSpace training session offered

October 2014
ArchivesSpace version 1.1.0 released

January 2015
ArchivesSpace versions 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 released
Additional ArchivesSpace Developer hired

March 2015
ArchivesSpace version 1.2.0 released
ArchivesSpace surpasses 200 members

April 2015
ArchivesSpace Community Outreach and Support Manager hired
First round of development prioritization voting is opened to members.

June 2015
ArchivesSpace 1.3.0 released.

August 2015
First ArchivesSpace Members Forum held in conjunction with the Society of American Archivists annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

September 2015
ArchivesSpace 1.4.0 released

October 2015
ArchivesSpace 1.4.1 and 1.4.2 released.

November 2015
ArchivesSpace surpasses 250 members.
Refactored Archon migration tool released.
Keystone Library Network enrolls as a Registered Service Provider.

December 2015
Atlas Systems enrolls as a Registered Service Provider.

March-May 2016
ArchivesSpace trainer corps works with Registered Service Provider Keystone Library Network to provide Basics and Digital Objects training via webinar. Recordings from the sessions are subsequently made available to all ArchivesSpace members.

July 2016
ArchivesSpace 1.5.0 and 1.5.1 released.

August 2016
Second annual ArchivesSpace Member Forum held at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of member institution Atlanta University Center, in conjunction with the Society of American Archivists annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.