As a minor collector and hobbyist, I'm a longtime reader of this board. The expertise and resources here are invaluable (especially the awesome gallery!!)
I work in the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. I got into this hobby while working with the Benjamin K. Edwards collection of baseball cards here. Most of you know about it, I think: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/bbc/
When we processed and put the collection online, we had separated the baseball cards from the remainder of Edwards' collection. But I became hooked by all of the other series of cards that Edwards collected, so I started learning more, purchasing, researching the history of cards, etc. Great fun. I also hoped and lobbied for the day when we'd process the rest of Edwards' cards (approx. 13,000) and make them available. That time has come and we're starting to put together a processing plan. So....I'd love to tap into your collective knowledge to help guide the process and solve problems.
If I'm not presuming too much of the board and moderator - I'm hoping to post questions here on topics such as your thoughts on how the collection should be sorted and organized, what description elements we should include in our cataloging that would help you (and beginners) search through the collection, your desires for access (online and on site), identifying cards, etc.
My formal contact info, just this once
Digital Conversion Coordinator
Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4730
202.707.8917 [email protected]