Here are the photographs mentioned in the press release.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2011Minneapolis, MN
THE WORLD OF TÉKUMEL AND OTHER MATERIALS SECURED
The Tékumel Foundation is proud to announce that on Saturday, June 11th, 2011 Professor Barker's Tékumel materials and wargaming supplies were moved from his home to secure, climate-controlled storage. This project was long and carefully planned and carried out with the blessing and encouragement of Professor Barker and his wife Ambereen and the assistance of dedicated volunteers, some of whom flew in from out of state.
The Tékumel Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Professor M.A.R. Barker and building an archive of Tékumel memorabilia and documents. Foundation members assisted by Lady Anka’a and various Tékumel fans catalogued, photographed, carefully boxed and transported these materials to a secure climate-controlled storage area in less than 10 hours. Items secured include Professor Barker’s globe of Tékumel, the scale model Temple of Vimúhla first displayed at GenCon IX in 1976, private maps, papers and other interesting and diverse items including unpublished material – exactly how much or what is still to be determined.
There is still much work to be done. Paper items need to be digitally scanned to secure storage; items may need to be repaired and/or restored. Items not directly connected to Tékumel must be organized, including wargaming materials, fanzines of the 1950’s, and games that at various times had been sent to Professor Barker for review. Fortunately, the Tékumel Foundation has people with the necessary skills to assist with this enormous project. It is hoped Professor Barker’s papers will yield new material for Tékumel, and we are optimistic that there is “good new stuff” to be published.
Photos are available in the photos section of this group depicting some of items placed in storage to help preserve the legacy of Tékumel. Enjoy!
For more information, please contact the Tékumel Foundation – www.tekumelfoundation.org.
Vimúhla, of which you may have seen black and white photos from an early issue of Dragon.
Here's the same Temple from another angle.
As I said above, this is amazing news and I'm very happy to share it. Victor has been keeping me regularly updated on the doings of the Tékumel Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Professor Barker's gaming-related writings and other artifacts for posterity. Given the remarkable nature of some of the items now in its possession, like those pictured above, I cannot express how grateful I am for the dedication of the Foundation and its members. These irreplaceable items will now be protected for the future rather than being lost to the elements or falling into the hands of those who would not share them with others.
It's a pity that similar archives don't (or won't) exist for other founders of the hobby, such as Gary Gygax or Dave Arneson, but here's hoping that the example of the Tékumel Foundation might inspire others to consider such a possibility in the years to come.