Re: How long did your collection inventory take?

Ronald Heroux

Hey, Kathie. Similarly, I am inventorying our historical society’s museum collection. Like you I expect it to take several years, though I am an unpaid volunteer. Initially I looked for old inventory efforts. Having found a few I try to reconcile those with my current project, using Museum Archive software, accessioning items as I go. Having an inventory can help in 2 ways, at least (probably more): a) if someone is looking for something you can check your inventory (computerized?); b) if anything is stolen (we had a break-in in 1984) it can help identify and possibly locate stolen articles for either insurance purposes or potential recovery. I plan a printed copy of each accession record in case electronic efforts fail someday due either to hardware/software or future user inaccessibility.