26 December 2006

More History Gone With the Wind

Another example of a surperb archive of history being sold to the highest bidder -- in this case, piece by piece (the worst possible way).

As a journalist -- and what I like to call "contemporary historian" -- I am saddened that so much historically valuable original source material will be scattered to the four winds.

While I understand the sale is for a good cause, there are just too many questions left unanswered:

Will these items be copied before they are sold? Will there be an index created? Will any of this material be donated to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Library? While I do not know the answers, I fear they will be "no."

More on the auction will be found here.

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