What pitfalls to beware of in disposing of a large music collection?
July 2, 2014 7:39 AM Subscribe
My wife has inherited a sizable collection of records and CDs. What pitfalls do we have to watch out for when deciding how to dispose of these items? Details inside...
posted by zainsubani to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My wife's brother passed away unexpectedly a few months ago. He was a serious scholar of music, especially rhythm & blues and jazz. He had amassed a huge collection of vinyl LPs and CDs, and there are also a couple of file cabinets full of his research notes.
His will does not specify precisely how these items are to be disposed of after his death. We have been contacted by two major academic institutions, both of whom are interested in different parts of his collection. We do need to get all this out of the house ASAP, so that the house can be prepared for sale and put on the market.
Institution A has expressed an interest in the bulk of the collection, and has offered help in moving it and storing it until it can be properly catalogued. We would like to ensure that Institution B also gets a fair crack at the parts of the collection that it would like to have. We have no reason to believe, at least at present, that these two institutions would not cooperate.
We would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has had a similar experience, and who may have some knowledge of essential steps to take and pitfalls to be wary of.