Hello all --

In the process of converting some 2000+ finding aids to EAD, we
occasionally have need to consult the collection itself to clear up some
questionable areas of the inventory or to double check box numbers or
etc etc etc.  Once in a while, this consultation of the actual stuff
reveals that a box or tube or folder or etc is missing.  Now of course
internally we log this, and try to find the item(s) or otherwise account
for them, because we want to know where all our stuff is at all times
(ideally, anyway...).

My question is the best way to handle this in the publicly-accessible
EAD inventory.  Among our thoughts:

* We can hold off putting the entire inventory online until the missing
item is located or otherwise accounted for.
* We can omit the missing item from the inventory; we can include it in
the inventory but comment it out so it won't be visible to the public.
* We can include it in the inventory but add a note saying "This item
not presently available for research".
* We can include it in the inventory visible to the public and add a
note saying flat-out "Missing" and the date.
* ???

What have others done as they encounter this during conversion?


..Michele Combs..
..Manuscripts Librarian..
..Special Collections Research Center..
..E.S. Bird Library..
..Syracuse University..
..222 Waverly Ave...
..Syracuse, NY  13244..