I have a problem.
I have an old encyclopedia set. Like, 1895 old. I have a special love for it as a primary resource of the late 1800s. I mean, in 2020 I went and read the article in about vaccines with smallpox being the only vaccine it discusses because, well, it was the only vaccine available in 1895. I mean, Russia was still ruled by Alexander III (not really, he died in late 1894 but I bet they didn’t have information or time to update before printing the 20+ volume encyclopedias).
I don’t have space for it. I have them in boxes to get rid of the set.
I can’t throw it away. I can’t send it to a landfill.
I can’t bring myself to use it for “arts and crafts” either. The idea of turning it into something other than a primary resource hurts my soul.
I have called the libraries around me. I have called used book stores. I have called museums offering to donate it. I called my college’s library as an alum to ask if they would want it (they gave me a “maybe”). No one wants it. It breaks my heart. I mean, I literally am tearing up thinking of this beautiful set being destroyed even as I write this.
Just for fun in recent weeks I looked up “Ukraine” in 1895. This is the whole entry:
The next column starts with ULCER.
I can’t. I just can’t. This is…. this is history. Sitting in my library in boxes and I look at it maybe once a year out of weird curiosity only. I don’t need it and it just collects dust. Marie Kondo however would roll her eyes at me because it DOES give me joy. This is why Kondo-ing doesn’t work for me and books. There are very few books that don’t give me joy. I have only burned one book and even that was a challenge for me (but it deserved it).