Who needs architectural postcards and books?
April 6, 2010 10:54 AM Subscribe
My father has tremendous collections relating to architecture and music. He's also getting old enough that he's beginning to be willing to thin out the collection. What are some some resources that I can steer him towards?
posted by piratebowling to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The collections are books, postcards, and models. For the purpose of this question, I'm gonna focus on the postcards and books.
Most of the stuff is well organized. He has filing cabinets that are organized by city with postcards of skylines, ball parks, sports arenas and famous buildings for each city. To give an idea of how extensive this collection is, Coney Island is classified separately from New York City. It includes all major and most moderate sized cities in the US and Canada. The book collection is similarly extensive and covers urban planning and large areas of Europe as well. This both of these collections have materials ranging from around the 1960's to present.
Are there architectural or city-planning focused libraries are out there that would be interested in digitally archiving the postcards? Are there specific libraries that would be more interested in the books? He lives in the Bay Area in California, I live in Philadelphia. I'd be willing to help him transport these items anywhere across the country if needed. He and I would just rather see these given as a resource than sold or thrown away.