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Which is WHY I mentioned them as exceptions.
Tim, I would say that the
Conductor’s books are in fact “genuine, primary archival
materials.”Â They were created by actual railroaders in the pursuit
of their work, it doesn’t get much more authentic, on-the-ground
recording of “what really happened.:Â Granted a single book may
contain anomalies, but an entire book will cover the normal run of what
was carried in regular normal trains.
<main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tim O'Connor
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 2:04 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] My railroad materials
For people with genuine, primary archival materials - of whatever kind
I agree this can be difficult to figure out. I have virtually
of this kind - conductor's books, cyclopedias, a few other genuine
publications is all. I'm confident that none of them are unique, and
I'm happy to instruct my heirs to sell them (Ebay etc) - or keep anything
like. I figure if someone is willing to pay money to own them, then
protection they receive will be because a new person values them. In the
I think "continuous custody" is the only long term solution.
Even museums and
official archives can be impermanent. (Maybe I'm thinking of the horrific
yesterday in Brazil that destroyed literally millions of items collected
the previous 200 years.)