Accessions, Accessions, Accessions

John & Ella Morgan Brooch, ca. 1870. Gift of Harold Field Worthley
John & Ella Morgan Brooch, ca. 1870. Gift of Harold Field Worthley

A museum accession is an item or group of items given by a single source, or donor, at one time, and formally accepted into the museum’s collections.

For example, “an accession” of historical material might mean one book, or 700 books; one box or 20 boxes.

Consider the following MHS accession statistics for January. While these aren’t necessarily average figures, you get a sense of what the volume could be over a given year (and why space issues are always on our mind!).

In January:

  • 43 gifts were made to the library
  • 46 books were purchased by the library
  • a total of 9 linear feet of material was added to the collection
  • 6 museums gifts were accessioned
  • 11 museum items were cataloged

For more information about how MHS processes its accessions, join us on February 20 at noon for Museum Collections: Accessions and PastPerfect Online, a workshop facilitated by MHS Registrar Holly Hurd-Forsyth.

(A special thanks to Holly for providing the statistics in this post!)

 

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