Case Study – Not Mardi Gras
You are conducting an initial review of 1TB images created by your university photographer. You don’t have time to review every image, but you examine a few folders to get a feel for the image collection. During your random review you discover two things. Some images show young women and men in odd poses in gym like attire. Some poses involve arm flexing, various position highlighting areas of the body, etc. There are many of these images. Occasionally in the series of photos, you’ll see a well known professor in the shot touching the image subject obviously adjusting their poses. This professor is well known because they authored a widely acclaimed book on anatomy.
Also during your cursory review of the images, you find a few images of a music festival. There are several years worth of these images. Many of the images are of the bands that played, wide crowd shots, etc. During the examination of one year selected at random to help determine the types of images/shots, you discover an image of a young women exposing herself to the camera.
- Do the two unusual series of images mean a deeper appraisal of these records is need?
- Are some records in these two series university records? Are some not?
- If a deeper appraisal of records is needed, given the amount of records what do you do?
- Does the subject matter effect how you approach appraisal?
Case Study – Round and Round
Approximately five minutes before you are heading out for lunch. You receive a phone call. On the line is a well know local amateur historian, who has the “Find of the Century”. This find happens, as emailed photos would show, to be a rather rough and worn looking spinning wheel. According to the historian, this spinning wheel features prominently in one of the towns legends that involve the town mother, a cannon, a sailor, and the spinning wheel in question. He has no recorded provenance, beyond oral history and geographic circumstances, meaning the location it was house fits roughly with the legends narrative, for this spinning wheel. You are not the first institution that has been offered this spinning wheel. After offering first offer the item to the town’s history museum, he was pointed toward the historic house museum as the best spot for this treasure. The historic house museum suggested that your archive would be the best place for this artifact. Keep in mind that this historian has been a friend to you institution over the years, and has alerted your organization to record collections in crisis and help on at least three occasions acquire small family collections. This historian is also on the board of a powerful grant organization in your region.
- Do you take the spinning wheel?
- If you don’t take the spinning wheel, how do you console the historian and maintain your professional relationship with them.
- If you take the Spinning Wheel, how will you utilize in relation to your other collections? How do you justify taking this item?