Thanks Glenn, Art, Ray and Nate! Yes Art, I do know the whole story. Like Glenn said, it's sad: This is a collection of the Chemical Abstracts, a journal that lists all of the published chemistry research. The set was leather bound and dated back to the beginning, 1904.
My department is growing, and running out of space. I tried for months to find someone who wanted them - they were free for pick-up (shipping was out of the question - it would have been thousands!) But to no avail. Eventually we had to throw them away. It took a HUGE dumpster, and we filled it to the top.
Very sad. I still feel bad about it.
The marks you see on the prints are done in protest. I didn't wash the negatives.
Thanks Martin, Marty and Steve! The library was the first on the list, but I wasn't surprised they didn't want them. Libraries these days are getting rid of uncirculated books at an alarming rate. We'll be lucky if our kids remember what a paper book looked like.