CollectiveAccess is free open-source software for managing and publishing museum and archival collections.

  • Runs on any modern web browser
  • Pre-configured with several library standards including Dublin Core, PBCore, VRA Core and more
  • Customizable through simple user interfaces — no complex programming required
  • Reporting tools easily generate finding aids and exports to PDF or spreadsheet-readable formats
  • Supports multilingual cataloging
  • Mapping tools allow you to georeference any asset
  • Integrated with Library of Congress subject headings, Getty vocabularies, GeoNames, and more
  • Plugins extend the software's core functionality to support timelines, visualizations, image licensing and more
  • Import frameworks allow for the batch migration and transformation of media and data
  • Free online documentation and support
  • University of Michigan Museum of Art

    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Manages an extensive collection of artwork spanning from 5,000 BCE to the present day
    • Supports loan tracking, exhibition management, conservation and inventory workflows
    • Features a linked-open-data tool kit for record creation and integration from Getty vocabularies
    • Feeds content to a Digital Humanities Learning Environment

    Image at left: James McNeill Whistler, Sea and Rain, 1865, oil on canvas. Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker. 1955/1.89

  • Hunter College, City University of New York

    New York, NY
    • Showcases the history and culture of Puerto Ricans in the diaspora, through the collection of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library and Archive
    • Provides access to photographs, documents, artifacts, art, maps, oral histories, moving image, audio clips and more
    • Integrates collection material with Drupal-based institutional website content
    • Supports account-based tools for user engagement
  • New York Society Library

    New York, NY
    • Showcases the early circulation records of NYC's first library and oldest cultural institution
    • Details the reading histories of political figures such as George Washington, John Jay and Aaron Burr
    • Includes a network of relationship records that describe social connections and circulation activities
    • Features a public website with dynamic information visualization tools
  • Jacob’s Pillow

    Becket MA
    • Documents the history of the oldest internationally acclaimed dance festival in the United States
    • Represents one of eight digital archives in the Dance Heritage Coalition, an alliance of the country's major dance collections
    • Includes correspondence, photographs, performance programs, board minutes, books, costumes, posters, films, videos, sound recordings, and scrapbooks
    • Features online exhibitions, finding aids, robust search tools and more
  • Smithsonian Channel

    Washington DC
    • Supports an ever-growing footage collection for production and broadcast 
    • Features robust clip-level logging and cataloging 
    • PB Core-compliant schema tracks Items, supporting materials, plus hierarchies from work to version 
    • Includes a researchers interface providing controlled access and discovery
  • Support Chat

    March 23, 2017

    Need help with your CollectiveAccess project? Get quick answers from CA developers and other users via our support chat room at:

  • CollectiveAccess version 1.6.2 is now available

    September 11, 2016

    Version 1.6.2 of CollectiveAccess Providence is up on Github
    This is a maintenance release. You can see a list of fixes here.

  • Forums

    Ask questions, share tips with the CollectiveAccess Community, and read announcements from the development team.
  • Wiki

    Get detailed information about set-up and configuration, get help with your cataloging, troubleshoot with our cookbook, and more.
  • Bug Tracker

    Log issues, submit feature requests and see detailed comments about ongoing development work.
  • Consulting

    Hire the CA development team to assist with systems implementation, data migration, custom site design and more.