Re: Cataloging an item made of many pieces

Peter E. Durbin

We are using a computer program developed by TCMax Systems of Swanton, Ohio, where major part is listed as “parent” and then each basic part has its own barcode and the parent is listed for each entry. We are accessioning a huge farm toy collection. This keeps track of the tractor (parent), original box, and the accessory machinery or tools. It allows us to use separate storage areas and still know there are additional parts elsewhere in the system, and they are not “lost.” With this particular collection, had we not been able to inventory each part, shortly we would not know which item went with which “parent.”