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[[underlined]] Museum Support Center and Collections Management [[/underlined]]

[[underlined]] Museum Support Center [[/underlined]]

The construction contractor, the George Hyman Company, has continued to reduce the construction deficiencies to the point where remaining actions to be taken are viewed as minor. Subcontract corrective or adjustment work by the mechanical, painting and electric firms will continue for a few weeks. It is expected that remaining items will be satisfactorily completed by October 1, 1983.

The prototype of the storage shelving equipment for Pod 3 (wet storage) is almost completed and will undergo extensive examination and testing by the architects, Smithsonian and GSA personnel in the immediate future. The bid opening for storage equipment for Pods 1, 2 and 4, originally scheduled for August 25, has been extended to September 22 at the request of potential bidders. The installation of fume and exhaust hoods and cabinet equipment in the labaratories began on August 24. Installation of the large fumigation chamber is complete, and engineering proposals for the development of the exhaust and scrubbing systems are being reviewed by staff.

[[underlined]] Collections Management [[/underlined]]

The inventory of collections in Smithsonian museums, completed in June 1983, produced base line data on current holdings, which information supplements existing acquisitions and catalogue records and will serve as the foundation for computerized record-keeping systems in the future. The inventory data enables the museum to adjust their cataloguing records by reconciling the old and new information. Museums with smaller collections conducted reconciliation along with their inventory. The National Museum of Natural History/Museum of Man, the National Museum of American History
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