First Phase of Collection Inventory Completed

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Smithsonian Collection Inventory staff complete the first phase of the Congressionally mandated inventory of all Smithsonian collections. They have identified c. 100 million objects and specimens since the inventory began in October of 1978. They now have computer records for each accession. Phase two will consist of the "reconciliation phase," matching pre-existing records against the inventory records, and reconciling any discrepancies.


  • National Collections
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Smithsonian Institution Collection Inventory


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Linda St. Thomas, "First Phase of Inventory Complete," The Torch, 83-7 (July 1983): 1, 3.
  • Linda St. Thomas, "Counting Everything: From Protozoa to Paintings," The Torch, 81-5 (May 1981): 3.
  • Linda St. Thomas, "Institution-wide Inventory Moves Ahead," The Torch, 81-4 (April 1981): 1, 2.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 1983


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