Less than a week after the collection was acquired by the State Library, historical collections appraisers Bob and Diane of A Gatherin' looked at the materials.
The State Library seeks experts to appraise collections. Bob and Diane are experts in the field of transportation history.
As Bob went through the boxes, Diane made notes, using the lists Fred had typed up. They gave the State Library a written report of the collection's value to researchers of transportation history or New York State history in general.