4446Re: [midatlanticretro] Big haul of books
- Nov 2, 2006Long-term loans are fine with me.
> On Mon, 30 Oct 2006, Jim Scheef wrote:
>> Almost all of the books, manuals and guides are the type of materials I
>> want us to accumulate in the MARCH Reference Library. Hopefully this
>> library will become a valuable resource for people restoring and using
>> vintage computers and software.
> Cool, I'm glad you're interested.
>> To help get the library going I plan to donate all of the installation
>> guides and manuals I've accumulated over the years for various PC
>> adapter cards. Remember when adapter cards had jumpers and switches?
>> Documentation for boards and computers sold before the Internet are hard
>> or impossible to find online. Our library can provide a central
>> respository to fill that void.
> That's what I think too.
>> Your reluctance to donate all your stuff outright is understandable. We
>> will need to develop means to document ownership of artifacts on load to
>> both the museum and the library that does not deface the item yet still
>> allows for it's use (on site) by members. In the meatime, please hold
>> your haul while we work with InfoAge on space, obtain book shelves and
>> filing cabinets, etc.
> The reason I say 'indefinite loan' is becasue I've seen way too many
> volunteer-run organizations come and go over the years. Sometimes vibrant
> groups would die literally overnight... I hope this never happens to
> MARCH, but in the unfortunate case it does, I'd like to know that I can
> recover my donations and they won't be completely lost. Another reason
> I've heard for 'indefinite loan' type donations (though I'm not sure I buy
> it) is that, since the loaned items are not technically the museum's
> property, they cannot be confiscated by the bank if the museum becomes
> financially liable for huge sums of money, for example due to lawsuit.
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