collection cateloging

I have a question for you guys.(because you are always so awesome in the whole good advice category) How meticulous are you about tagging and cataloging your collections? I am wanting to keep mine cataloged as well as I can. One day if something happens to me I want it to be all set up for when it is given to the museum. One of my problems is that I have tons of stuff I'm not real sure about. I know about most of my skulls, but I don't know if they are male or female. Some eggs I have were only given to me as "quail" or "pigeon" and so many of them look exactly alike that I have no clue how to find out more specifics and it drives me crazy.

So how do you guys catalog and organize your collections? I want to know and want to see some methods! I am always looking for better ways to go about things.

As for me I just use tags for the skulls, cases with typed out slips for the insects, and compartmentalized wooden boxes for eggs with each eggs numbered and then cataloged in a ledger.


Help please!

Hey guys, I have a question for all of you. I know several of you guys aren't just collectors, but you are also naturalists and do a lot of your own skull bleaching, taxidermy, mounting various parts, even jewelry and much much more. I need some help! We got both additions to our shop dried in, and now I have a 14x16 room just for my projects and I need pictures and ideas from you guys about how I need to organize and arrange it! If you would do me the honor, I would love to see pictures of your work/storage areas! Also if you don't have a work area, or you do but have a dream shop I would love to see pictures of that as well! I need some ideas folks!! I figure, ask the people that know! I also would love it if you guys might give me some ideas on tools, and such that would really come in handy!! I am mostly doing insects, bones including skulls, mounting of bone, and eventually small taxidermy. I would love as much input and help on all this as you guys would be willing to give me!

Thanks in advance!

androids from the 1700s

I copied this from tumblr:

This famous android was a collaborative effort by two Germans. Clockmaker Peter Kintzing created the mechanism and joiner David Roentgen crafted the cabinet; the dress dates from the 19th century. Automatons were in circulation and aroused much curiosity. Roentgen probably sent the tympanum to the French court and Marie-Antoinette bought it in 1784. The queen, aware of its perfection and scientific interest, had it deposited in the Academy of Sciences cabinet in 1785. The tympanum is a musical instrument that plays eight tunes when the female android strikes the 46 strings with two little hammers. Tradition has it that she is a depiction of Marie-Antoinette.