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I'm gradually packing the house up. I'm not trying to make all the hard keep/toss decisions yet -- tons of stuff is going into storage -- but I am trying to make the easy ones as I go.

As part of that, I'm separating the SCA newsletters. As many of you are aware, my library is probably the deepest archive of SCA history in the East Kingdom: Jane was a brilliant acquisitions librarian, and in her many years as Kingdom Historian, she acquired a lot of stuff. And while she passed much of that to her successors, she kept at least one full set for us. More importantly, us being the packrats we were, she typically kept two.

So in the name of reducing my own packrat tendencies, I am firmly deciding that I don't need *duplicate* copies of the complete history of the East. This means that I'm doing a fast pass through everything, especially the newsletters, and deaccessioning all the dupes. It's a fair-sized pile -- I expect that, when all is said and done, I'll have a couple of very full boxes of newsletters, including more or less complete sets of the Carolingian Minuscule and at least most of the history of Pikestaff. That's all going to be looking for a good home.

This is *not* first-come-first-serve -- it's going to be looking for people who are actively interested in digging through it and learning Kingdom history. Mind, Pikestaff was a good deal more interesting in the pre-Internet days, when it was how we actually communicated. I confess, I find the mailing labels alone rather fun: many of the dupes are from various Kingdom Seneschals and Royalty, who gave their copies to Jane rather than throwing them out, in the name of future generations. Now that we *are* future generations, it's fun stuff.

We'll see what else shows up -- it wouldn't surprise me if I have dupes of TI, Complete Anachronist, Board minutes and so on. But I know for sure that there will be a lot of newsletters.

So note that this stuff is coming, and think about whether you're interested. In a month or two, I'll be looking for the right person or persons to take it off my hands...
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I'll take the CSOS archives back, if you won't be keeping them.

By and large, I'm keeping non-duplicate stuff, so I was planning on holding onto most of the two boxes labeled "Tibor files". They're yours if you want them, but I still think about writing the history of the Crisis someday...

I am happy with your future plans, and am happy to have them with you.

If you don't keep them, I think I should have them back, is all I was saying.

No prob. If I *was* going to get rid of them, I'd probably have offered them to you first...

I suspect the AEthelmearc Historian may be interested as well.

The Baronial archival holdings are less complete for more recent years. I'd be happy to take holdings from 1990 forward off your hands. I can then deaccession any dups.

Okay, we can talk once the sorting is done...

I'm not sure I'm the *type* of historian you're looking for; my interest in it would likely involve digging through it for fodder for history-songs and history-tales in order to create a kind of oral history of the SCA, with many shorter chapters that could be told around the campfire.

Don't know, but it's not out of the question. We'll see...

You might also want to drop a note to the Society Archivist (archivist@sca.org) and make sure the official Archives have copies of anything you're planning to de-accession. They should have all the Pikestaffs, but the current archivist looked over this years list of Blackfox nominees and noted that the Archives lacked many of those issues, even though they should have been sent copies. That's probably not a new problem.

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