Memorabilia Monday: Archival Flotsam

bear-without-eye

When certain collections come in, we determine in the beginning what will be saved and what will be not. For example, we might shred forms revealing someone’s social security number. We also avoid saving those items that categorically do not fit in the collection, like this sad, one-eyed teddy bear.

Sometimes when these items are a bit quirky, they become archival relics in our offices. Dara Flinn held on to the bear. While the rest of us, all have something unique that we’ve saved.

fallen-runner

Lee Pecht kept this trophy topper with a broken foot.

back-scratcher

Amanda Focke is partial to her brass back scratcher with accompanying alligator from her personal collection. The alligator has popped up in a few exhibits.

radiation

Rebecca Russell has a random sign that is a bit foreboding.

cop

Norie Guthrie has held on to a trophy topper of a police officer.

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