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Subject: Selection for preservation

Selection for preservation

From: George R. Leake III <taliesin>
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 1999
Nina Duggen <nina.duggen [at] icn__nl> writes

>I would like to put this before you: Is it necessary for everything
>that was made in the past and is still in existence today to be
>preserved forever? Are time and deterioration the only criteria for
>assessment, or do we have the right, or even the obligation, to
>choose what is to be preserved for posterity?

It seems to me that these sorts of decisions usually are made by
curatorial and administrative staff, and if the institution is a
public one, to varying degrees, in consensus with the public and or
their representatives.

George Leake
Conservation Department, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
University of Texas at Austin

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:82
                 Distributed: Thursday, April 22, 1999
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Received on Wednesday, 21 April, 1999

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