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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • User Group Meeting in NYC

    May 15, 2017

    NYC-area users please join us on Thursday, June 29 from 10:00a to 12:00p for a discussion and demo of the new 1.7 features. This meeting is hosted by METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) at 599 11th Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY.

  • CollectiveAccess 1.7 release!

    April 21, 2017

    Version 1.7 of Providence, the CollectiveAccess cataloguing tool, and Pawtucket2, the public access interface are now available. This is the first public release of Pawtucket2, which has been available only as a development version until now.

  • 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.