1000 Items Inventoried!

9 12 2009


As part of the preparations for a new museum at the Oregon State Hospital Campus in Salem, an inventory of historic property has been underway since August.  Last week the number of total artifacts documented reached over one thousand, a mere fraction of the total number of objects in storage at the Salem Campus.

In the inventory process, each item is given a unique number and tagged.  The number is then entered into a database with information about the item including its name, composition, class of artifact, location, manufacturer, owner, age and medium.

Artifacts are classified into six broad categories based on their use at the hospital: Buildings and Furnishings (furniture, light fixtures, silver service); Tools and Equipment for Administration (typewriters, feather duster, copy press); Tools and Equipment for Science and Technology (Medical equipment, regulative and safety equipment); Tools and Equipment for Materials (sewing machines, woodworking tools); Recreational Equipment (piano, pool table), and Communication (archival documents, records, photographs, memorabilia). 

Storage area for many of the items inventoried






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