Lightroom: Suggestions for archiving databases of negatives and slides?

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I have used Adobe Lightroom for years and it is the best product out there for photographers. My situation is that I have over 400,000 negatives and slides I need to archive. Scanning is not the issue, but putting them into a database/spreadsheet form is very difficult. I went to PhotoExpo in New York a few days ago, and there was nothing on how to archive photos into databases or spreadsheets. Lightroom has a simple version of this, but do you know of any programs/software for archiving into databases such a massive amount of photographs? Thank you! Ken Owens
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|> "Lightroom has a simple version of this, but do you know of any programs/software for archiving into databases such a massive amount of photographs?"

Without knowing how Lightroom falls short of your needs, it's going to be hard to advise...

I mean, why not just import in Lightroom after scanning?

I guess if you aren't going to be editing them after scanning, then Lightroom would be overkill.

|> "putting them into a database/spreadsheet form is very difficult"

Not sure where you are getting hung up...
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When you say "scanning is not the issue" do you mean that you can scan the slides and negatives, somehow, but you're wondering what to do after that, or that you're not planning on scanning, just indexing the physical media without any previews, and wondering what index values archivists typically use, or what does "archiving databases" mean to you?