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.
Public Collectors is maintained by Marc Fischer.
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This was found in a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. Seeing this on the top of the pile led me to buy an entire box of someone’s life but none of the other photos were quite as amazing as this one. No date but probably from the late 1960s or early 1970s based on other photos that were with it. More than anything, I want to hear this photograph and then buy it on vinyl. Whatever sounds could possibly be coming from this situation, they have got to be gnarly, freaked out, and more than a little drunk. If you are this person and this and other photos and papers somehow got away from you, please contact me. More found photos on Public Collectors here.
A photo dated February, 1970 that must have been taken at a science fair. Make no mistake: if I ever start a band, that band will be named The Metabolistic Cockroaches. From a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. More found photos on Public Collectors here.
A detail of a page from a school assignment on Fruits and Nuts, circa late 1930s to early 1940s, that I picked up at a flea market yesterday morning. Each tiny dot on the map represents 500 acres of citrus fruit according to the text. More to come from this stash of school work.
I added a new PDF to the PDF collection on the main Public Collectors website today. This anonymous book is part of a large trove of mid-1930s material created by a child that I picked up early yesterday morning at a flea market. The material, which was practically given to me, is really crumbling so I’m going to do what I can to scan some of my favorite bits. While the cover of this yarn-bound ABC book is quite sweet, the interior pages, which have a hand-written bible quote to reference each hand-cut letter, are even better. Click the cover image to download. The whole 20 page book is just 4.8 megs.