Mike Seeger's widow is putting his collection of LPs up for auction on ebay. The first lot is here https://www.ebay.com/sch/angry-mom-records/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=1&_rdc=1
Some interesting records for the discerning collector.
Thanks for the heads up Doug. R/
I'd love to see the members of this forum* create a Kickstarter to buy the entire collection, then donate it to an appropriate library.
-- Rachel Holmen, "ViolaRae"
*and anyone else who'd be interested in contributing funds
Rachel, you'll have to move fast if you want to do something like that, since I think these first auctions end this evening, Eastern time.
Also, I wonder if anything like that has already been pursued. And now that I think about it, it might be good if these records end up in the hands of people who really appreciate them individually.
I feel like Indiana Jones:
"This belongs in a museum!"
The first batch ended yesterday. That link now takes you to a new group, which runs for another week, with some more good ones.
As far as museums go, I have materials in various institutions, including the master tapes for a few of the records in this collection. My experience has been that they go in a lot easier than they come out again (i.e. that access for the general public is often difficult.)
I first heard Mike Seeger with the NLCR in 1965, broadcast from the Sydney Town Hall in Australia. I did not realise what a huge effect he had on me. I am sad he's gone, but I am also interested to see what he had been listening to. I notice at least a few of the old LPs in my small collection. I used to get them mail order to Australia from County Records in Virginia back in the last years of vinyl and when you could choose surface mail, meaning by ship. But I was, and still am, delighted with the convenience of CDs. The best thing about LP format was the covers.
PS I am sure Mike collected 78s too. Now they would be interesting.
Edited by - DavidM on 07/20/2017 14:33:44