Update on the Tiziou Space History collection

A lot has happened since I set up this site in 2013.

Jacques’ life came to a close in 2017.

I’d hoped to be able to sort through his collection of amazing aerospace history artifacts before he died; the stories and memories and information about the collection would have been priceless, doing an oral history project around it would have been so rewarding.

But that wasn’t to be, and so I’ve been doing my best to sort through the aftermath of his life, and learning more about him through what he left behind.

It’s taken a good long while and there’s still a long way to go:

As he got somewhat overwhelmed, Jacques’ tendencies to archive & collect led to a classic hoarder scenario. The NASA artifacts got buried under and entangled with piles of newspaper.

It took me months just to get rid of the stuff that was clearly trash (filling a big dumpster and taking five cargo vans of paper to the recycling center along the way) – and now I’ve been able to finally reveal the collections and begin rough triage of it.

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Most recently, I was finally connect with the chief archivist from NASA as well as a crew from the Air & Space Museum. They’ll be acquiring a large portion of the photographic & film collections & some other documents.

But there is so much left that they aren’t taking! So many things that he would have loved to share with you!

It’s tricky to figure out how to handle it. I could spend the next two years of my life running an e-bay store of aerospace treasures. Or I could burn it all and be done with it. (He told me that it would be my inheritance… and much of it is quite valuable… but so is my time…)

I’m continuing to try to balance multiple things:

  • honoring his wishes
  • prioritizing historic  & academic interests
  • delighting space geeks with the treasures that he collected
  • monetizing the collection enough to cover costs of sorting it all out
  • proceeding efficiently with the *vast* volume of things that he collected
  • juggling all of the other competing priorities of the rest of my life

My gut instinct is to make it a kickstarter style crowdfunding thing where folks interested in aerospace history could chip in little bits towards the triage costs in exchange for grab bags of the memorabilia. It would be much easier to give the bulk of the memorabilia to interested folks that way rather than combing through it all and selling it piecemeal. But we’ll see.

If you’re still interested in this collection, let me know; I’ll keep you posted as I figure it out.

Thank you,
-jj

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