One of the major tasks associated with having such a large collection of objects (about 32,000!) is keeping track of everything’s location. Every object in our collection has a number so that we can track it, both digitally in our database and on our paper location cards. What I want to talk about in this post is how we number an object because of how important this little task is.
The bottle (ca 1781) pictured above was recovered with numerous others in 1934 from the York River. We have 71 of these bottles or bottle fragments in our collection. When we pulled it out of the Chesapeake Bay Gallery last week, we discovered it was numbered incorrectly but, thankfully, renumbering the piece is an easy process.