Container Profiles: Creating a New Container Profile


There are several ways to create a Container Profile.

Container Profiles can be created from within a material record such as a Resource Record. Select the Instances sub-record on the left side and click on 'Add Container Instance' which will open up the Container Instance form.

The dropdown arrow at the right of the Top Container field has the option to select an already existing Container Profile or to create a new one. The advantage of creating a Container Profile in this way is that it is immediately linked to the top container.

Another way to create a Container Profile is through the Systems Menu.
Select System and then select Manage Container Profiles.

Click on Create Container Profile.

This opens the Container Profile creation form.

Fields with red asterisks are required.
Enter the name of the Container Profile and select the Dimension Units from the list.

Please note that the tooltip for Dimension Units states that the list can be modified, but in actuality it is not possible to do so.

The Extent Dimension is used for calculating and stating the extent dimension of the materials in the container. This helps with the extent calculator function in ArchivesSpace.
Depth, Height, and Width are all required fields and can have values with up to two decimal places.
Stacking limit is the number of the containers that can be stacked on top of one another. According to the tooltip, leave this blank if there are no limits and the value must be a positive integer.

If you are adding more than one container profile at a time you can click the plus one (+1) button. This will save the current Container Profile and open a new Container Profile creation form. Otherwise click on Save Container Profile. Container Profiles created in this manner are not linked to any Top Container. Please see Linking Container Profiles to learn how to link Container Profiles to the Top Containers.

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