The Trust urgently needs to raise money to secure the long-term future of the Reich Archives. This collection has been kept at the Countway Library of Medicine in Boston since 1977 and is so important as a repository of Reich’s diaries, films, audio recordings, laboratory notebooks, correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, and many other items. Several dozen scholars have done research in this collection since they were opened to the public in November 2007.
In order to preserve this collection for all time it needs to be digitally entered, item-by-item, into the Countway’s online catalog as soon as practically possible. Countway archivists have estimated this will cost $90,000, which we must raise as quickly as we can. Digitial imaging of the entire collection is the next goal, to guarantee its safety in the event of flood, fire, theft, etc., as well as to make most of the collection available online, to greatly increase scholarly access. The cost to digitize these priceless scientific and psychiatric discoveries and innovations is estimated at an additional $360,000 on top of the cataloguing expenses.
- Cataloging: $90,000
- Digitizing: $360,000
- TOTAL: $450,000
We must raise these funds as promptly as we can, particularly the first $90,000.
Any tax-deductible contributions you can make to the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust, earmarked for the Reich Archives Preservation Project, are most welcome. Bequests on behalf of this important collection are also deeply appreciated. And anyone who values the preservation of Reich’s legacy, please bring our cause to the attention of private philanthropic foundations, such as Family Foundations, or put us in touch with them.
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The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
19 Orgonon Circle
Dodge Pond Road
P.O. Box 687
Rangeley, ME 04970