I am currently considering putting much of my 50 odd year old collection of rail material over the side but thought that some of it (mostly Working Timetables, Rule Books etc) might be of use/interest to the Museum. Basically, I am losing interest in the industry and many of the organisations associated with it these days.
The possible donation of some material was my intention until I read the 'Magna Carta' Donation Form which requires not only my identity but no end of certifications relating to copyright, ownership and so on. Clearly, I cannot certify as to the ownership or copyright of material from the 1950s for example as the NSWGR, VR, SAR, CR or WAGR no longer exist. I am no lawyer so it may be that 'over the side' might be the easy way out.
A further concern, is the security of any donated material. If anyone is going to chuck (err recycle) any of my material I want it to be me! Nor do I want any material to be stolen by gunzels which has certainly happened at various times and places over the years.
Before doing anything/nothing I wondered if anyone here on RP had been faced with the same dilemma so far as the Adelaide Museum is concerned, please?