“It was Bob‘s wish that his archives be preserved and made accessible to other scientists, inventors, engineers and innovators. The Cornell Library makes its extensive rare collections accessible to students and scholars all over the world.” Cornell awarded Moog a doctorate in engineering physics in 1965.
That’s fine. But Grams-Moog’s announcement discounts the fact that for the past several years, the Bob Moog Foundation, run by his daughter, Michelle, has been working on preserving said archives. Bob Moog moved to Asheville in 1978 and continued his work in Asheville until he died here eight years ago. Moog taught at UNC Asheville, and there’s a music studio with his name on it at the university.
Grams-Moog, in today’s Asheville Citizen-Times story about the Moog archives, said the foundation wasn’t equipped to do the preservation work. Michelle Moog countered by noting that foundation recently secured a lease to process and preserve the archives at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources western offices in East Asheville. The foundation also hired an archivist to oversee the work.
I don’t know the details of the family differences, but I think the fact that the archives are are being shipped to New York is a huge loss for Asheville. The archives, in my opinion, should stay in Asheville, which is home to the foundation run by his daughter, as well as the company that continues to produce quality musical instruments bearing his name.