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Re: Donating Your School Memories
In Response To: Donating Your School Memories ()

Here is an excerpt from a recent article in RootsWeb Review {January 31, 2007]. They must have been reading our minds.


Originally published in the RootsWeb Review 18 May 2005, Vol. 8, No.

Exploring University Archives Possibilities
By Marlynn O'Keefe

I have found that leaving one's genealogical papers to a university
archives is a good solution. In my case, I have sent information that
I collected from more than 33 years of research of relatives from
Germany who eventually wound up in Lake County, Indiana.

Indiana University at Calumet in Gary, Indiana was delighted to
receive the information and will sort it and make it available to
other researchers.

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Looking Closer at Local Libraries
By Jim Liptrap in Houston, Texas, USA

In response to Dr. STEWART's suggestions of putting your genealogical
records in the library (an excellent idea!), I have a word of
caution. While it would seem logical to put your precious records in
the local library in the town where your family lived for six
generations, they might not be safe there. A regional library with a
genealogy department might be a better choice.

Many local libraries do not have a policy of preserving genealogical
materials, nor even shelving them separately. They will courteously
accept your donation and send you a receipt for tax purposes. But due
to their shortage of space, they annually sort out all the books that
have not been checked out in the previous 24 months, and try to sell
them at 25 cents each. Those that do not sell are discarded.

So find a library that has a well-maintained genealogy department,
with a non-circulating collection, preferably in a separate "local
history" room, specializing in the area in which your family lived,
probably the library that had the most information you found in
compiling your records. Observe how well their books are maintained
and whether anyone in the library knows what is on the genealogy

If you are just sent "over in that corner" and find no order to the
collection, bindings broken, no security, or if you have to define
"genealogy," seek another repository for your life's work. Your
relatives will thank you.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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