Marine Specimens in Jars

ID: 79-7903-16A or SIA2010-1526

Creator: Ploskonka, Jeffrey

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1979

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-009 and Record Unit 371, Box 4, Folder: July 1983

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Summary

  • Thousands of jars of marine specimens were accounted for during the Smithsonian Institution's massive inventory of the National Museum of Natural History's collections.
  • Jars of fish, part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History collections, are stored temporarily in the Institution's Oceanographic Sorting Center (OCOS) at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Beginning in the fall of 1983, thousands of jars containing marine specimens will be moved to the Smithsonian's new Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland.

Author

Ploskonka, Jeffrey

Subject

  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Collection Inventory
  • National Collections
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Fishes
  • Smithsonian Oceanographic Sorting Center (SOSC)
  • United States Navy

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • The Office of the Registrar initiates a new Congressionally mandated Smithsonian collection inventory program using an automated data processing system in 1978. This is the first thorough tabulation of the Institution's collections since the Smithsonian was founded in 1846. Under the program, the responsibility for coordinating inventories on an Institution-wide basis is assigned to the Smithsonian Registrar.
  • Smithsonian Collection Inventory staff complete the first phase of the Congressionally mandated inventory of all Smithsonian collections in 1983. 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.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-009 and Record Unit 371, Box 4, Folder: July 1983

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1979

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Topic

  • Storage
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Fishes
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Specimens
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Object

ID Number

79-7903-16A or SIA2010-1526

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: 35 mm negative

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