Message #57:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Bottle Database
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 96 08:52:00 MST
Encoding: 49 TEXT


Subject: Free finding aid for historic bottles

http://www.mwac.nps.gov
http://www.mwac.nps.gov/bottle_glass/ Bill Hunt, an historic archeologist at the Midwest Archeological Center, asked me to forward this information to the FPForum Hunt, William J. Jr. (compiler) 1995 Embossed Medicine Bottle Labels: An Electronic Finding Aid for the Identification of Archeological Specimens. FREE. Contact Dr. William J. Hunt, Jr., NPS- Midwest Archeological Center, Federal Building Room 474, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, NE 68508. E-mail: bill_hunt@nps.gov. This database was created as a finding aid for persons engaged in the identification of embossed medicine bottle labels. It is equally appropriate for researching complete labels as well as for label fragments. The finding aid is suitable for use by bottle collectors as well as historical archeologists. The database includes approximately 4200 embossed medicine bottle labels which have been compiled from 36 archeological reports and popular publications on bottles. Each embossed label listed is accompanied by the bibliographic source allowing the user to access the original reference to gain additional information=7F about the bottle and its contents. It has been built using common word processing software to allow the researcher to employ word processing software text finding aids (a "word search") to locate strings of letters, complete words, or combinations of words which appear on a bottle or bottle fragment. This finders' aid has proven to be an extremely rapid means of identifying an embossed medical bottle and sources of information for that bottle. Where once it may have taken hours or days to sort through the published materials, now only minutes are required to either locate a label or establish that it is unlisted in the designated sources. The database is updated annually and can be made available to users in WordPerfect 5.1 or ASCII. A free copy of the database and supporting information may be obtained by E-mail request (and the database returned electronically) or by sending a high density 3.5" diskette to the compiler.