Marking and Labeling Collections


Collections need to be marked in some way to designate ownership and to manage the intellectual and physical control of objects in museums, libraries, archives and special collections – including living collections or research subjects in the field. This webinar will present the many ways that collections are marked and labeled. A history of marking will be briefly reviewed with an emphasis on types, technologies, considerations, problems, solutions, best practices and potential for future developments. This discussion should be of interest to registrars, collection care managers, and security, exhibits, education and programming professionals.


Nora Lockshin shelfieis Senior Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, and has recently written a chapter on Marking and Labeling to the forthcoming volume, Collection Storage: Preventative Conservation Approaches (forthcoming 2016; Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, American Institute for Conservation, and the Smithsonian Institution). Beyond the traditional scope of library and archive based collections, throughout her career she has had opportunity to consult on substrates as diverse as these: photographs on glass, plastic and metal; textiles, geological core samples, rubber sculpture, a leather flight helmet, compact discs, taxidermies and otherwise preserved biological specimens, bumper stickers, metal and vinyl bus sign and souvenir pins, a box of Wheaties, an newspaper printed on asbestos and an outrigger canoe.

She is an alumna of both the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and University of Texas at Austin (MSLIS, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Preservation and Conservation), and has worked in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and throughout the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, member of the Guild of Book Workers, and the Washington Conservation Guild.


Recorded: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Duration: 1 Hour 30 minutes

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