Photography Debate Continues

The continued debate on whether to allow scanning of museum photos by a private citizen for archiving purposes

By: Chris Faulknor, Editor
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With new information from the City Manager, the Boyne City Historical Commission has taken a new look at the photos in the Boyne City Museum.[private]
At a meeting on January 17th, 2011, the Historical Commission made headway on the issue of whether to allow Edward May III to scan the photos contained in the Boyne City Museum for archiving and public viewing.  “I want to do this for free as a service to Boyne City,” said May.  “Anything could happen to this museum, and every time a photo is destroyed, parts of our history are lost forever.  I feel that I am being stonewalled.”

Michele Hewitt, Chair of the Historical Commission, corrected her statement made previously, by stating that she recently learned that the Historical Commission is a public entity, and that the museum is the property of the City.  The Historical Commission also discussed the possibility of paying to purchase the necessary software and archive the photos themselves.
Other possibilities included allowing May access to the photos to scan, and integrating with the current database, which consists of around 450 pictures, and the possibility to leave things as they are.

The meeting ended with a decision by the Historical Commission to send representation to meet with the library and Mr. May to discuss how a solution can be reached for everyone’s benefit.  This meeting will take place on February 10th at 3:00 pm.

Edward May III, in the meantime, has provided the City of Boyne City with a request under the Freedom of Information Act requesting access to the photo archives for scanning purposes.  The City has since responded, requesting an extension of 10 days as provided for in the Freedom of Information laws.  As of press time, the extension is still valid, and the City has until February 7, 2011 to either grant the request in full, grant the request in part, or deny the request.  “I feel that if there were cooperation from the beginning, the FOIA request would be unnecessary,” added May.[/private]

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