Joined: Sep. 2006
Actually, what would constitute a nightmare regarding this collection, in my opinion (other than finding crap strewn all over the place, which happens), would be to find pictures of someone's kids, valentines or other correspondence of a personal nature, someone's Spanish homework or materials otherwise of a different provenance that would require identification and transfer to the owner. It happens.
After my internship last year, I was attending the SAA conference, or I would have volunteered to help my colleagues pack up a huge collection of aviation photographs in New Jersey. One of the archivists was kind enough to share his photographs of the packing with me: when they cleared everything away, they discovered an exercise machine! (Same provenance, but out of scope.)
Which came first: the shimmy, or the hip?
AtBC Poet Laureate
"I happen to think that this prerequisite criterion of empirical evidence is itself not empirical." - Clive
"Damn you. This means a trip to the library. Again." -- fnxtr