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    Archive Looks for a Home

    As many here know, I have the most complete archive of mountain bike history before 1990...in the world. One PhD has already been extracted from it, and of course it was the primary resource for my book.

    Since I sold my business and closed my office, I have had to put it into storage, which costs me a lot of money and makes it a pain to visit. This archive consists of six file cabinets, and maybe 25 banker's boxes.

    I'm looking for a home for it, and perhaps a librarian or even a library that wants to digitize it for the rest of the world. I am a little paranoid about making it generally available, because many of the irreplaceable items would surely disappear.

    Any suggestions?

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    Sure, CK, how about the new museum that Joe Breeze has been working on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Sure, CK, how about the new museum that Joe Breeze has been working on?
    That hadn't escaped me, but this is going to require more room than is currently available in the building. Those guys all know my problem, but they don't call me about it. They seem to have their hands more than full with the current project.

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    First Flight Bikes/MOMBAT comes to mind as an ideal place. They not only have the space, but also understand the importance of what you've amassed.
    The rub would be the expense of transportation.

    Doesn't Chris Ioakimedes or Jer have space to stash your goods?
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    I'd like to keep it close enough to visit now and then. Of course FF has room and would take it, but I would never see it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    I'd like to keep it close enough to visit now and then. Of course FF has room and would take it, but I would never see it again.
    Plus they may sell it! :P

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    A bike by any other name is still a bike.

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    I've got a spare empty room in mtn view, I'd be more than happy to store it
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    UCSC Archives? Wish I knew someone there... Special Collections and Archives - University Library - UC Santa Cruz

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    I've got a spare empty room in mtn view, I'd be more than happy to store it
    Problem solved...

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    All I'd like to add to this is I hope the archive finds a proper home with someone who understands its significance.

    Also, a thank you to Repack Rider. I, a stranger on the internet, contacted him to ask if he could find an ad in an old MBA magazine in order to help me reproduce some frame decals (ad had exact artwork.)
    Anyways, he took the time to find it, do a great high quality scan of it, and email it off! Thank You

    As a pro photographer and imaging guy, if I were closer I'd help out with scanning the archive, however I'm sure you'd miss is if it were here in Northeast Ohio!

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    Bumping this because there has been some movement on this subject.

    I been working with Joe Breeze's son Tommy and filmmaker Rob Korotky on a project to create an online archive of everything in my enormous mountain of material. Having finished my book, my immediate use for it is suspended, and it sits in a storage locker.

    Now that the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and the Marin Museum of Bicycling are in Fairfax, we have a tax-exempt umbrella organization. The museum does not have the space for this project, so we are planning a Kickstarter project to pay for the scanning, storage and server effort in another location.

    Imagine being able to pull up the 1988 MBA review of the bike you are contemplating. It's all in my archive, along with race results, spec sheets, press releases, newsletters from long-forgotten clubs, unpublished stories submitted to Fat Tire Flyer, every international MB publication. I have every word printed about mountain biking before 1990 as well as a lot that never even made it to print.

    Gary Fisher dumped a couple of file cabinets on me, and I haven't even looked in them. Picked a random box off the top and found the raw slides from a 1985 Fisher catalog shoot. Moving past my own collection and Gary Fisher's, Joe Breeze has his own files to add. After that the immense pile now in the hands of the museum. We're talking terabytes here, searchable .pdf. After that, we plan to create a portal for others to contribute material. My dream is a Library of Alexandria of bicycling in all forms, accessible online and having the ability to accept outside contributions.

    Sounds like what I would like to do with the rest of my life, and I plan to live a long time.

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    I'd support that
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    That sounds like an awesome resource!

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    In a heart beat CK.
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    That's Great!!

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    Yes!!!

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    Thanks for the encouragement. I am more eager than anyone to get into this exciting project

    We probably won't have the Kickstarter page up for a couple of months. We are organizing our budget, figuring out what we will need in the way of hardware for the project, scanners, computers, desks, tables, files. Biggest expense will be office space, we need at least 300-400 square feet of secure space close to the museum

    After that we will need to pay for some IT help to create our public interface, but that is months away. We will certainly have ongoing server expenses ad infinitum.

    When I kept my archive in my now-closed office, I could open any file drawer at random, and disappear into it. Even I can't believe some of the arcane stuff I saved. I have included a few random examples below. I also have thousands of photos that were pretty good but never published anywhere.

    Archive Looks for a Home-scan0043.jpg

    Archive Looks for a Home-scan0066.jpg

    Archive Looks for a Home-kellyfisher.jpg

    Archive Looks for a Home-brewski.jpg

    Archive Looks for a Home-r2c_poster.jpg

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    I'd help towards effort
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    Happy and willing to support that by way of donation as well as donation of physical labor to assist in any way I can.
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    Definitely willing to help make this happen.

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    Okay, we have the Kickstarter page for the archive project. We need to raise the money in the next two months.

    Check the page, and please spread the links around.

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