The chilly winds and rain of February will soon give way to the conflicting mix of Spring weather drawing near. That means you can start seriously thinking about how to manage your collection or archive. Will you be expanding? Redefining? De-acquisitioning? Large or small, rare or common, the collection you love, learn from, and share deserves consideration as part of your legacy. Photographs, music, posters, instruments, scores, documents, even trading cards and tee-shirts – These things matter to the future. The future cares about the past, even the past that just passed. Really. Consequently, my one piece of advice for you now has a great resonance through time: Don’t assume anything. Don’t make assumptions about what is valuable and what is not. Don’t ignore anything that you might consider “trivial” or “unimportant.” Sometimes even the smallest, flimsiest piece of paper is the most desirable item of all.
Stephen M.H. Braitman, ASA
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