via Above Top Secret
The collected notes of Charles Hoy Fort are not the easiest research subject to come by. They are kept at the New York public library under limited access, and visitors may only take their own notes in pencil: the mother lode of Fortean reference has never been digitised and, priorities being as they are, probably won’t be anytime soon.
Fortunately, through the ’70s and ’80s, a man by the name of Carl Pabst took the time to individually copy the 60,000 (!) handwritten (!) notes onto index cards — in type this time, bless ‘im. It is this collection that has now been obtained by the WISE institute that aims to make it available online.
Scanning all of those cards in archival quality is a daunting task, not even counting OCR and proof reading for searchable access, which is why I put the time frame of the title in quotes. Having (a copy of a copy of) Fort’s research available will be a terrific resource, but better have it done right than soon.