Re: How long did your collection inventory take?

Beryl Gabel

I started an inventory of my museum’s archive a couple years ago and I would say 80% is finished. It took me a year and a half working on it one afternoon a week. I had to put it on hold when my volunteer could no longer come in regularly. It is one of my goals to finish the project, but I know that inventories always take longer than you anticipate. It is important to set an overall goal, gain intellectual control, and then have a plan for when the inventory is finished. This really helped motivate me and keep me motivated to finish the inventory. I also found that when I was working on research requests, I would often find that I needed to update the PastPerfect record or move the location of the item. It will always be an ongoing process.