Years ago someone went to the effort to put barcodes on dozens, maybe hundreds of folders of institutional records, which also have handwritten folder titles at a level that's good for archival description. In the folders I've looked at, the individual sheets of paper in each folder have the folder barcode written on them, what must have been a laborious task. The boxes also have barcodes. And yet none of the barcodes at any level appear to have been entered into the collections database.
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