misappropriated items


--- In STMFC@..., James Mischke <jmischke@w...> wrote:
Many archival institutions regard volunteers in low regard, as
grubby subprofessionals to be avoided. They also distrust
volunteers as a security risk. Especially those with an
agenda (that is, the collection contains something these volunteers
really want to look at and are willing to work for the
privilege.) . The good stuff will be stolen, these
institutions believe.

Unfortunately I think they are right in many instances. 20 years ago
I obtained a 1/4 inch mimeographed list of negatives from the PA
state RR museum. At the time the price for prints was a premium. 90%
of the prints were marginal at best. 1/3 were absolute garbage. It
looked like some one had picked over the collection and left the


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