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Tributes to the Toomer’s oaks to be housed in special collection

There was some straight up folk art left at the foot of the trees.

Thankfully, the stuff wasn’t thrown away.

The personalized toilet paper, cards, and other items that served for weeks as as makeshift memorial for the poisoned Toomer’s Corner oaks are being preserved and treated as artifacts by the Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department.

As the items were already weatherworn from their time at the foot of the trees, special collections librarian Greg Schmidt says it’ll make to make for interesting work.

“I’m not sure anyone has ever tried to archivally preserve a roll of toilet paper with writing on it,” said Greg Schmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries. “Toilet paper is meant to break down and is a very delicate medium for the written word. We have many such rolls collected from the Toomer’s Corner oaks, and ensuring they last in our archives is going to be a challenge.”

Auburn fans coming into town for A-Day activities will be able to view the collection in a special exhibit at Ralph Brown Draughon Library from Tuesday, April 12 through A-Day weekend, April 16-17, during regular library hours.

H/T Kenny Smith.

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