Re: How long did your collection inventory take?

Ron Kley

Several years ago (2006-7, I believe) the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, inventoried, packed, relocated, unpacked, re-shelved and re-inventoried a collection of about 7,000 objects in a bit more than 6 months, using approximately 3 FTE of combined staff and contractual personnel. Inventory data was deliberately minimized to meet stringent time constraints (storage building had been sold and had to be vacated by a fixed deadline). Data fields included only object number, object name, location, and a very brief reference to any obvious damage. Additional data could have been recorded, but the fixed deadline would not have been met within the available budget.