These are the 18 artifact categories at The Bakken. Items can belong to more than one category. We have roughly 2500 artifacts. An electrostatic kit from the 18th century would be listed as a generator, a storage case, electrodes, a Leyden jar -- whatever was in the box the kit lived in. Here on the Web, we'll list things by their most noticeable attribute. You can learn a lot about a collection by studying the categories it is sorted into.
This website contains a directory and description of the artifact holdings of the Bakken Library and Museum. The Bakken is a not-for-profit educational institute founded by the inventor of the first transistorized cardiac pacemaker. Fittingly, the collection is largely devoted to the use of electricity and magnetism in medicine and the life sciences. The directory is sorted and listed by categories, but unfortunately the collection is not searchable. The entries for each item include an image, a physical description including materials, size, and weight, and a list of remarks that note special features or the condition of the item. The website also features a commentary that supplements the collection directory with a historical overview.