The Story of the Stuff: Issues in Temporary Memorial Preservation

Texas A&M's Collection

The case of Texas A&M is an example of an effort to keep nearly everything that was left at the site of the tragedy. However, the university chose not to make the collection of temporary memorial materials available to the public, citing the sensitive nature of the event to the Aggie community.


Does the archivist have a duty to make the material from a spontaneous shrine publicly available, even if the memory of the event in question is difficult for the affected community to face?

YES, I think so.            NO.

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