How Do We Document Heritage Collections?

When undertaking a collection documentation project, you must determine the most appropriate method.

There are generally two steps to follow in documenting collections:

  • taking inventory, which includes counts and the physical inventory;
  • cataloguing.

Each step has advantages and requirements. Let us take a look at some of them.

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