In 2008 I calculated that I had more than a thousand pages of unpublished manuscripts. I thought a couple of my projects included information that might be valuable to a few readers but did not have a large enough market to justify publication.
I have talked with several people who said they were writing books on some topic but I have not seen those books appear in print. I wonder what valuable information was gathered but never published. Is there a way to preserve and distribute such documents or will they be lost forever?
Good question. What do E-Sylum readers think? It's a shame when work goes unpublished. Often manuscripts never see the light of day. I was wondering about this myself when Gordon Frost passed away - what will become of his bibliography on Treasure Coins? My take on this is that every researcher should be encouraged to send manuscripts (published or not) to a major numismatic library for posterity. Next-of-kin should be instructed to offer materials as well.