Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ernie Harwell Memoribilia @ the Detroit Public Library, Locked Away and Inaccessible

Harwell's memorabilia put at risk by Detroit library. (Detroit News, 6/9/2011)

Excerpt:  The doors are locked and the lights are usually off where the Detroit Public Library houses Ernie Harwell's life passion.

The beloved broadcaster built a collection of baseball memorabilia over his 68-year career worth $4 million and believed to be the second largest to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

He entrusted it to the library and dreamed that one day his legacy would become a destination. But 10 months after he died at 92 last year, library executives have laid off the primary caretaker of his collection, further limiting access to the appointment-only exhibit that saw only 500 visitors last year.

Now, historians and Harwell confidantes worry his collection may be at risk in a system plagued with accusations of mismanagement and overspending.

"It's a disaster," said John King, the owner of John K. King Used & Rare Books. "I am worried they are just continuing the destruction of the library because they aren't taking care of the collections. We are going to lose this history


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