Course:2: Acquiring Your Collections
Lesson:Lesson 5: Accessioning--What Do You Have and Where Is It?
Topic:Lesson 5 Summary


Lesson 5 Summary

Key points to remember:

  • Accessioning includes gaining physical and intellectual control of your acquisitions; knowing what you have and where it is.
  • Accessioning should be completed as quickly as possible after you receive physical custody of the records.
  • Sometimes dividing your acquisitions into record series will make them easier to understand and manage. 
  • Your organization should use a consistent accession form to provide inventory control over your acquisitions.
  • The form should include accession number, title of collection, source, date accessioned, amount of material, description, comments on restrictions, and location of material.
  • Assign the accession number, create the accession record, and label the container.

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