Public Collectors is the brainchild of Marc Fisher. Its goal is to allow "large collections of materials to become accessible so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged," and is "founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible."
Tremendous potential here for the book world. Creates an opportunity for collectors to add their wares to the public domain allowing the gems of their collections to be accessed by scholars, researchers and other interested parties.
Now if we can get some of these collectors or other like-minded souls to partner with libraries and special collections to help them get their backlog processed we would really be on to something.
Documentation of Bibles Stolen From Hotels
Artists' Books: Collection of Anthony Elms, Chicago, IL, USA
Artists' Books & Ephemera Collection of Philip von Zweck, Chicago, IL, USA
Thanks to manystuff.org for the lead