ERIC Number: ED158750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of History Museum Activity and Their Influence on Potential Electronic Cataloging. Research Report 8.
Swinney, H. J.
The broad patterns exhibited by history museums and their collections--the politico-geographical base, the size and collections, unsystematic acquisition, wide range of object types, and lack of categorization, and the lack of scholarly discipline to help development--differ from those of art and science museums, making their electronic data processing needs different. The application of these techniques in history museums should be geared toward inventory control rather than loan exhibitions (which rarely occur) or the capacity for research oriented comparison and counting of data (which is what these systems are geared toward in other museums). There is a need for these systems in history museums now, and there will be a greater need in the immediate future; however, the solutions and pilot projects in other types of museums, while instructive, are not entirely applicable to the history museum. (MBR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Prepared by the now defunct Museum Data Bank Committee