Heritage, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 1989 Page: 6
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I appreciate your fine editorial
in the Winter 1989 issue on the
matter of the loss of rare historical
documents, and the laxness in
trying at least to recover some of
them. As a longtime writer on
historical matters, and researcher
in countless libraries, I certainly
concur on everything you had to
say. You may recall that a few years
ago our Texas Collection, one of
the best in the state, lost some
valuable documents, some of
which turned up in a man's possession
in New Mexico. Despite the
rigid precautions now being taken
by most libraries that complicates
matters for us honest researchers,
it is a continuing problem with no
easy solution in sight. The problem
of forging historical documents
is also getting worse.
Thomas E. Turner
Office of Public Relations
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
I just received my first copy of
Heritage (Winter '89), containing
an editorial that, in my opinion,
was long overdue. The theft and
pilferage of historical documents
and letters from state and local
libraries and museums is a scandal
that needs and has needed attention.
This looting and pilferage is
not confined to Texas, but is nationwide.
Many philatelists of Texas and
the nation are interested in collecting
and exhibiting Postal History.
Postal History is a study of postal
markings, routes, rates, contractors,
etc., and is not concerned with
the written content of the items
concerned. This unfortunately
leads to separation of letters from
the original transmitting envelopes,
and in cases of earlier, unstamped
items, leads to careless
handling and sometime mutilation
of the written interior contents.
There are many philatelic organizations
that should be concerned
with the integrity and ethical
standards of all philatelic activity.
I think that a start towards
achieving this result would be to
furnish a copy of, and permission
to reprint, the editorial to selected
philatelic publications editors.
I wish you well in your dedication
to preserving the written
history of "long ago." Let me know
if there is any way I can be of help
in your efforts to preserve and protect
written material as discussed
in your editorial.
Ottis C. Bobbitt
San Angelo, Texas
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