Last week was a whirlwind of activity for us and for several others in the museum as we celebrated the donation of the Herbert Beazley steamship collection by Norma Beazley, who is a wonderful lady. Last year Cindi and I spent two days in Houston packing the collection and then two days driving it back to the museum in a moving truck. It was a long journey, but very worthwhile when we started to see what exactly it was we had brought back (a total of about 22,000 pieces!). We had objects, videos, photographs, postcards, slides, books and a very large number of archival pieces. Archival pieces generally include flat paper pieces such as menus, deck plans, passenger lists, receipts, tickets, baggage tags, etc. Between us and the library staff (as well as a number of awesome interns) it took us about two months to completely inventory the collection.
What is so great about this collection (besides how massive it is) is how many wonderful things have now come to our museum because of it.