By the mid-1920s, the \ the massive autograph album, had passed by sale from Louis`s hands into others, perhaps a regrettable harbinger of more sales to come and a sentence of death on the auction block for the Georgic Library. Area newspapers from the 1930s onward that are digitized and available online, however, do not mention (so far as I can tell) the Georgic Library, its relocation, its dispersal by gift or sale, or a catastrophe that might have destroyed it. In recent years, in response to my numerous queries and follow-ups, curators, librarians, corresponding secretaries, and historians in Yates, Schuyler, and Steuben counties have patiently reported discovering no new information from local sources, including early 20th-century original newspapers, on the Georgic Library. I appreciate (and here salute) the hard work and stamina of these librarians, historians, and society officers. I now seek to give them rest, and, trying a new approach, I solicitCheney-likefree information from the wider local community on what happened to this amazing, perhaps unique, library and missing local treasure.
Cheney, a self-taught and self-promoting authority on the excavation of historical sites, would no doubt endorse this exercise in bibliographical archaeology. Even if the collection has migrated elsewhere or been dispersed, local memoryheld by Cheney and Trenchard descendants or by their wide circle of acquaintances in educational, cultural, fraternal, social, and religious organizationsmay well turn out to be the primary tool for unearthing information about all or some of this long-lost treasure, wherever it is currently hiding or resting in peace.
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