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-104- areas for assembling collections to be moved have been established; objects, particularly in the Department of Anthropology, are being cleaned; collections management data is being developed to assure inventory control of the objects to go to the Center; trucks with special trailers, supporting equipment, and moving supplies are being purchased. Simultaneously many of the departments of the Museum are making preparations to move into their assigned laboratory space at the Center. Similar preparations are under way in the National Museum of American History. [[underlined]] Collections Management/Inventory: [[/underlined]] The National Museum of Natural History/Museum of Man, the National Museum of American History and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the museums having the largest collections and which have shared special funding for their inventory efforts over the last few years, have all developed plans for the continuation of collection management and inventory work for the coming year. Although each specific plan reflects the particular nature of the collections and storage situation in each of the museums, all plans are focused on certain basic inventory requirements: maintenance and updating of inventory data and reconciling recently acquired inventory information with earlier catalogue records. Priority in reconciliation is being given to collections of high monetary value and to anthropological collections scheduled to be relocated to the Museum Support Center. Reconciliation of the gem collection is now virtually complete; in Anthropology this effort is expected to be finished toward the end of fiscal year 1984. At the Cooper-Hewitt Museum new manual indices covering the location of collections in the various storage areas of the Museum are being developed; as access to computer systems expands, this information will gradually be incorporated into the Museum's collection data base.
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