About


ATOM Software


ATOM is a web-based archival description software that is based on the International Council on Archives ( ICA, see https://www.accesstomemory.org ) standards. AtoM is the abbreviation of "Access to Memory". This software was chosen because it adheres to international standards and as a user friendly tool to produce archival descriptions.


Criteria for selecting archives


Archival institutions that are listed and described in the Archival Directory were selected according to the following criteria, which is in keeping with CENDARI’s case studies of World War I and Medieval Culture.

World War I archives selection criteria



  1. All countries that participated in the First World War are included.

  2. Special attention has been given to records in Eastern and South East Europe, in order to describe so-called 'hidden archives', which did not have any digital representation.

  3. Archival institutions with significant holdings are described, with priority given to central national archives, national military archives, national war museums etc.

  4. Archives that possess a large selection of digitized finding aids.


Medieval Culture archives selection criteria



  1. Archives in most Western countries, including the USA and Australia.

  2. Special attention has to be paid to archives in Eastern and South East Europe.

  3. Collections of great interest to the academic community, and which are frequently cited in scholarship.

  4. Archival institutions that digitized a large part of their collections.


Descriptions of archival holdings


When searching for records, please remember that the CENDARI Archival Directory cannot provide a comprehensive overview of all archival holdings available in an archive, even if there are several dozen entries available for a particular archive. The archival descriptions in the directory have been created when creating CENDARI Archival Research Guides, which are focused on specific subjects.

As descriptions of archival records can be added by users with contributors’ rights, and be made publicly available by users registered as editors, the Archival Directory should be seen as a work in progress, which depends on user contributions. When adding archival descriptions, contributors should avoid starting entries with either numbers or quotation marks.