A sign, drawn on a thin piece of foam, left behind by one of the young entrepreneurs in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, this past weekend.
Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.
This page consists of sample findings and excerpts. It is also an account of the contents of my home and digital files from my camera. If you have suggestions, have a collection you want to share, or are in Chicago and would like to see something in person, please contact me. This blog is intended as a casual, more personal supplement to the main Public Collectors website.
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A sign spotted in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood a couple days ago while I was walking to get groceries during the snowstorm. God watches all who steal Christmas ornaments. And so do some of the cameras in the neighborhood.
A sign for poultry and rabbits in Williamsburg, from The Way It Is edited by John Holland, from 1969 - a new addition to the Public Collectors PDF library. Click here to download a full PDF of the book (note that it’s a big file - 109.5 megs - so please be patient). From the interior jacket of the cover:
"The stark reality of life for millions of young people in neglected urban neighborhoods is presented here by fifteen boys from such a community. Their homes are in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, and they reveal in their own words and their own photographs what it is like to live there."