Behind the Scenes in Registration

I started volunteering in the Registration Department in October of 2014. Each week I have a different opportunity to explore objects and personally learn about their individual histories and their place in the collection. The weekly tasks vary: sometimes labeling and updating database information, creating foam mounts for the safety of the objects in storage and travel or conducting condition reports. Condition reports are conducted for multiple reasons: accessions, conservation, deaccessions, loans, exhibits, etc. For example, for loans, we document the condition of an object before it leaves as well as when it returns for comparison to note any changes that occurred. I enjoy doing condition reports and love being able to thoroughly inspect and document an object to note things that may not be obvious on first glance. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes in Registration”