This one involves author and collector Barry Landau. He and an accomplice named Jason Savedoff allegedly—allegedly, mind you—tried to steal millions of dollars’ worth of material from the Maryland Historical Society. The Baltimore Sun has the details.
Here’s the really bad news:
Though [MHS President Burt] Kummerow said the society has been growing, it remains short on funds and staff. That puts it in a potentially vulnerable position as it allows access to its collection of 7 million documents contained within its library.
[Joseph M.] Coale, the former board member for the Maryland Historic Trust, said he doesn’t believe archives will be able to continue to allow access to original documents. “They don’t have the staff to do it, especially nowadays with societies more or less operating with skeleton crews,” he said.
But Kummerow says his staff is also not in a financial position to digitize its archives or provide photocopies of the volumes of material researchers may want to see.
Great. Just great.
You know those signs in department store restrooms telling you that shoplifting messes with everybody, because it forces the store to jack up their prices?
Innocent until proven guilty…but if proven guilty, then under the jail with them. Under the freaking jail.