Useful Today, Useful Tomorrow: Record Keeping with HMNS Collections


April 20, 2020
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People who dedicate their life to a museum of course have a love for artifacts, specimens, etc.  We also LOVE information in the many forms found in a museum: paper files, old hand-written inventory and accession books, the small paper tags attached to each item, little notes left behind on a shelf next to an object, etc.  All those bits of information are the history of each item in the collection, and it is part of what makes an object even more special. 

People in museums all over the world, who work with these bits of information are responsible for the constant and never-ending updates to the records.  Sometimes this can be as simple as changing a date.  Other times, most of the time, it can be quite complicated and requires consultation with other staff, digging into several records just to find the little nugget of information that clarifies the update in question.  Sometimes it can take days to complete one update because that little nugget of information proves elusive.

Good record-keeping is essential, and this work requires concentration and great attention to detail. Keep an eye on Beyond Bones for more behind the scenes from our collections team!

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Authored By Gabriela Truly

Gabby Truly, Director of Collections. I joined the HMNS family in September 2019 after spending 35 years in art museums across Texas. The move to a Natural Science museum means I now not only work with an incredible group of colleagues, but also get to work with an amazing array of specimens and artifacts from all over the world. I have always been fascinated by the stars and the ocean, I love butterflies, and who can resist the magic of dinosaurs! From space to the shells on the sand, HMNS has it all!

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