Returned stolen material

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City of Pueblo steamship photograph

It’s been a while since I’ve reported on the returning stolen pieces, but I am happy to say that they continue to come in.  And some people have been extremely kind and sent extra pieces in to help rebuild our collection.  Here are some of the pieces have that have come back in the last month.

Photographs of the steamships City of Pueblo (left) and Robert E. Lee (right).   Read more

Returning Pieces

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Thousand Island Steamboat Company pass, 1896 (1)

Once again I have more good news about pieces that were stolen by our former archivist.  We have a received a number of returns in the past few weeks, including some very rare pieces.  While this process has not been easy, especially when dealing with people who will not return the items or even respond to our letters, we have dealt with some people who restore your faith in humanity.  We have had a few people who returned the items they purchased on eBay, as well as sending us new items as donations to help build up the collection again.  To these people we are eternally grateful.

So, again I will share some of the returned pieces.  Enjoy!   Read more

More Returning Pieces

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SSUS christening ceremonies

I am happy to say that since my last report on our stolen archival pieces, several more have returned, with many more to be returned shortly.  I have been scanning my little heart out to get all of these pieces done in good time so we can send the scans back to the people.  I’ve also had to look to our awesome photography department for the pieces that are too large for me to scan.  Without further ado, here are some more returned pieces!!

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Homecoming – Stolen material returns

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postcard front

Several months ago I posted a message from Jeanne (boss lady) about a theft that had occurred at our museum in the 2000’s. (click HERE to read that post)  Long story short, our archivist, Lester F. Weber, stole material from our archives to sell on eBay, and we’re pretty sure that this was his sole purpose in applying for the job.   I am happy to update that we have finally started to contact buyers of the material in a bid to get the pieces back.  It is just the start of a VERY long process, but we have already had a few positive results, which is what I want to highlight in this post.

One of the biggest hits to our archival collection was the loss of Titanic pieces.  These pieces are extremely rare and in high demand as it remains one of the most well known shipwrecks of all time.  One of the pieces returned was an over-sized postcard showing a full view of the starboard side of the ship.  The bottom gives general information about the ship.  Below is a picture.   Read more

Where's My Stuff? – Theft at the Museum

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Speaking at the AAM Conference in Baltimore, MD
Speaking at the AAM Conference in Baltimore, MD

Although Cindi and I do most of the posting on this blog, our boss, Jeanne, occasionally has something she wants to share, but she has opted out of having an account here, which is why I am posting on her behalf.  So enjoy this message from Jeanne, aka Boss Lady!

On May 22nd I had the pleasure (alright, I’ll admit it, I was scared to death) of speaking at the American Alliance of Museums annual conference in Baltimore about a subject that is near, but not so dear, to my heart.  The session, titled “Mysterious Disappearances: Where’s my Stuff?” focused on the problem of internal theft in museums and libraries.  The session’s speakers included several noted experts: Miles Harvey, author of the book The Island of Lost Maps; Gregory J. Smith, Executive Vice President at Berkley Asset Protection, an expert in loss control and risk assessment in the fine art and jewelry fields; and Robert Wittman, who served as one of the FBI’s top investigators in cases involving art theft and art fraud who also helped form the FBI’s rapid response Art Crime Team. And me!   Read more