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You are working at an archaeology curation lab and have cataloged objects that were acquired from fieldwork. You don’t have accession records for everything and are seeking to contact property owners who…[Read more]
Once you have the deed of gift signed,the item can be sold or discarded. Some archives will often keep things they want to throw away out of respect until the owner dies. In a small town, this may be especially important because loose talk can hurt an institution’s reputation. Sometimes there are space considerations that make it impossible to…[Read more]
A deed of gift will establish your institution’s ownership of the item outright. The language implies ownership but is not specific per the law. Heirs of the owner may not agree with the owner’s wishes and seek to have the item returned. In that case, selling or disposing of the flag would complicate things.…[Read more]
The American Library Association division called the Association of College and Research Libraries has published Guidelines for Marking Books, Manuscripts, and Other Special Collections Materials. The Guidelines do recommend using the institution name or symbol.
The Library of…[Read more]