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Destiny of personal collections

This community portal looks sort of sparse -- I guess I will start it.  I am interested in discussing what to do with personal collections of documents and photos in the long term.  I have just about decided to donate mine to the Missouri Historical Society or the MO history museum, but I have have tons of scans.  As I am writing, I am wondering about the Internet Archive. I am quite concerned that my material remain freely available.  Susanchambless 18:18, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

This is an important question, Susan. I'm a little put-off by the anonymity of the Internet Archive, so I think I'll donate most of my stuff to the Pennsylvania Archives, since most of my forbears hailed from there. I'm planning to include the material I have that's from outside of PA, though, because as I discussed with them, it makes sense to keep the family collection together. I can't imagine there's a single "right" way to do this - but that makes sense to me. Martamima 16 December 2011

I have the same problem. Many documents, photos, memorabilia, etc. The collections go from England to California and Minnesota to Florida. Will be following this portal to see if anyone has come up with other ideas. User:MikeWilliams

I belong to the California Genealogical Society and Library and we had a great speaker on this subject, too bad I can't remember her name. You could take a look at our webpage and blog for more information. 12 Dec 2012

I would suggest donating your content to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. They will make the record available to patrons who visit the library. People from all over the world visit Salt Lake City just for the library and I'm sure many would appreciate your paperwork. The library also allows check-out of their microfilms/microfiche by mail and I expect would be willing to scan your documents. Eventually, the documents, depending on the type and your wishes, may even be indexed by volunteers and become accessible to online users.