The Linked Archival Metadata (LiAM) Project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Leadership Grants Program as a Planning Grant. Tufts Work on LiAM began October 1, 2012, and is scheduled to be complete by September 30, 2013. LiAM is focused on planning for the application of linked data approaches to archival description. Our goal is to better understand the benefits that linked data could bring to the management, discovery, and use of archival collections while also investigating the efforts required to implement these approaches. Central to this effort is identifying graduated approaches that will enable archives to build on existing description as well as mapping out a more ambitious vision for linked data in archives.