Perhaps this story is a warning for all of us - genealogists take note! A noted local historian named Nan Horsfield decided several years ago to donate her huge archive of historical and genealogical documents and research to the Sandyston Historical Society in New Jersey.
Mrs. Horsfield believed that the Society would make all her documents available to the public but that was not the case. In fact the documents are held where there is no public access. So Mrs. Horsfield wants them back.
She has been denied entry into her donated Archives and the floor on which they are housed. She's appealed to both the Sandyston Township Committee and Sandyston Historical Society to no avail.
It's an interesting, perhaps horrifying, story of misunderstandings and miscommunication and now it has become a case for lawyers. Personally I think anyone donating years of work to a museum, archive or library needs to have a contract which specifies exactly what is being promised by the repository.
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Image a screenshot from the New Jersey Herald