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
  • Support for digital preservation workflows
  • Import frameworks allow for the batch migration and transformation of media and data
  • Publish an optional public-access collection website
  • Free online documentation and support
  • Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

    Vancouver, Canada
    • Provides access for former Indian Residential School students, their families, and communities to records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    • Publishes information resources from partner institutions in support of education, public information, research, and dialogue about the Indian Residential School System and its legacies
    • Collects and integrates Survivor stories, records, information, and conversations about the residential school system
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • CollectiveAccess 1.7.8 released

    April 15, 2019

    Version 1.7.8 is a maintenance release with a handful of bug fixes. See the change log at for details.

  • CollectiveAccess 1.7.7 Released!

    March 23, 2019

    Versions 1.7.7 of Providence, the CollectiveAccess cataloguing tool, and Pawtucket2, the public access interface are now available on GitHub. The updates includes the many bug fixes and a smattering of new features. A list of changes can be viewed in the change log.

  • 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.
  • CollectiveAccess is an open-source, community driven resource that benefits from the input of volunteer developers. Volunteers are always welcome to get involved by contributing translations, code, user support, and ideas.

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