I'm only an amateur novice amongst very learned professionals on this list. But I simply cannot fathom why a company would rid itself of its assets knowing that there always is the possibility, as remote as it may seem, that those assets could, in fact, have value or at least some historical significance.
Rather than destroy it, why not offer it to someone who would want to keep it? And why opt to keep a copy in favor of the original? I keep on scratching my head and rolling my eyes because it all seems so illogical to me.
On Sep 19, 2012, at 1:29 PM, Jolyon S Hudson wrote:
> I looked a number of the microfilms of the EMI archives held at the British
> Library and noted the systematic way in which masters were destroyed - It is
> true that EMI kept a copy of every disc issued but these have been destroyed
> or jettisoned at various times over the last 100 years so again only a
> selection survives and is by no means anything like complete.
> The destruction of masters is rather complicated however a number of files
> do survive showing the process of selection and destruction and it should
> possible to reconstruct this process.