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Thread #30963   Message #400314
Posted By: Hollowfox
17-Feb-01 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: Help: Cowboy Songbooks Preservation Project
Subject: RE: Help: Cowboy Songbooks Preservation Project
I think it depends on just how fragile the books are, and just what type of preservation you're thinking of. Are they too fragile to photocopy or scan? If not, then you've got your copy to play out of. Are there other copies in existence? Try interlibrary loan, you might find another copy in better shape. Would there be a copyright problem hanging these on a website? Are they anywhere else on the Web? For preserving the books themselves, it would depend on the owner's feelings. I'd contact the nearest large museum or archive to see where they send their historic papers, etc. for de-acidification. (I *think* that the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, NY used to do some of that sort of thing. I don't have a website for them, but their phone number is (607) 547-2533.)Good luck.