Chapter 36: Marking and Labeling

Nora Sharon Lockshin, 1129 Roland Heights Avenue, Baltimore MD 21211-1241

This chapter proposes to cover the myriad of ways that are found in museums, libraries, archives and special collections by which objects, specimens and living collections are marked in some way to designate ownership, order, and control over the physical object. This may involve direct and indirect methods, including application of written media, or inclusion or attachment of related devices, such as human and/or machine readable tags, labels or other printed or embedded media. History of marking collections will be briefly reviewed with an emphasis on types, technologies, considerations, problems, solutions, best practices and potential for future developments.

Key words: documentation, labeling, marking, numbering, permanence, registrarial methods, security