Let’s go over this for like the 8th time now: Museums =! Hogwarts
My museum holds series of photographic portraits that document 50 years or so of mostly dead white guys. There are no fewer than 9000 of them (not including the unprinted negatives), filed alphabetically.
For the past six years, two of us have been regularly scanning these photographs 2-3 times a week as part of our regular duties and responsibilities. Despite being digitizing badasses, we’ve just completed everything up to the letter “I” as in “I hope I get to the end of the alphabet before I die.”
That means we’ve worked through about 3500 of the 9000+ photographs in the archives.
Its the 100th anniversary of the series’ conception next year and we received an email from a (genuinely lovely) colleague asking in a very sweet way if it would be possible to complete digitization of the whole series by next year to tie in with the anniversary?
We literally need a time machine to go back and give ourselves at least a decade’s worth of notice to meet that deadline. Or several dozen new staff members working non-stop and sleeping in shifts under the desk. Or find some magic wands. Honestly, that last option is probably the most feasible.