Re: How long did your collection inventory take?

Kathie Gow

It’s funny that you two should have started this discussion up again — I’m still working on our historical museum’s inventory project (we’re mostly doing books and paper artifacts in this phase) and I was just having my husband help me go over our process and inventory sheet to see where I could cut stuff out to speed up the process. (Your tips have helped, Ron, I’ve stopped doing research at least!) Clearly, I’m adding too much information — yet we definitely want a photo, and any inscription or provenance info. But maybe I cut out dimensions, or give rougher dimensions, and don’t give such detailed condition reports…

So here’s a question for y’all — has recording the dimension of each artifact had any practical use for you? Would you really miss it if it wasn’t there?