Electronic Cataloging Project Entry #55

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Electronic Cataloging Project Entry #55

October 30, 2012

Oct30.jpgIt is important that the number associated with an object be marked on the object. Labeling and marking allows for objects to be connected to their documentation. There are two primary types of labeling in museums: temporary and permanent. Temporary marking happens when an object first comes into a museum. At Reynolda House we would associate the object with a Temporary Deposit number and have that number on a temporary tag. Once the Museum decided to accession the object it would be given a more permanent number.
 
There are a number of ways in which to label objects. How you label an object depends largely on the material that the object is made of. Regardless of method, it is important that labeling be reversible—this doesn't mean that anyone could just accidentally erase the number, but instead that with proper solvents and/or materials a professional could safely remove the number without damage to the object.

A great webpage about collections labeling by material is Ellen Carrlee Conservation.



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