Re: Cataloging an item made of many pieces

Michael Hosking

All are good suggestions and I agree with most. Some additional guidance can be found in the National Park Service (NPS) Museum Handbook. Part II ( contains a section on cataloging component parts. While this tells you how to do it in our database (developed by Re:discovery) it does provide some nice guidance of when and how to use this method of cataloging. If your database does not include a field to reflect these component parts, you can include it in the description field. Here are two catalog records/objects that I am familiar with to see how this could be done: and These are both object found on the National Park Service’s web catalog (at one of my former sites). As for marking the object, it is a case by case basis depending on how large a space you have to mark, etc. Additional NPS publications can be found at Hope this helps.