Archon (software)

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This article is about the open source archival information system. For other uses, see Archon (disambiguation)
Developer(s) University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Initial release July 2006
Stable release 3.21 / 6 July 2011; 3 years ago (2011-07-06)
Development status Inactive
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
License University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License

Archon was an open source platform created by the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign which is designed to allow archival repositories to more easily create and publish finding aids to their collections. It was created in response to a lack of easy methods for archivists to publish finding aids online. While the archival community had previously created content and data structures, such as Encoded Archival Description, implementation of these standards was difficult for many in the profession.[1][2]

Beginning in 2009, Archon and Archivists' Toolkit (a similar tool) began the process of merging the two platforms.[3] This new software, ArchivesSpace, was developed in 2012-2013 and had a 1.0 release in September 2013.[4] As of January 2014, Archon has become unsupported software and the project has been merged with ArchivesSpace.[5]


  1. ^ Prom, Christopher; Christopher A. Rishel; Scott W. Schwartz; Kyle J. Fox (2007). "A unified platform for archival description and access". Proceedings of the 7th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries. doi:10.1145/1255175.1255205. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Yaco, Sonia (2008). "It’s Complicated: Barriers to EAD Implementation" (PDF). American Archivist 71 (2): 456–475. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "UC San Diego Libraries and Partners Developing Next-Generation Archives Management System with Grant From The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation". UC San Diego. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Program Timeline". ArchivesSpace. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Archon™ The Simple Archival Information System". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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