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Resolution Re Establishing Collection Preservation Program

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Resolution—Collection Preservation Program.

Preamble The Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the Flag Heritage Foundation (“Foundation”) takes notice that a number of collections of flag books and flag- and symbol-related documentation of significant scholarly value are dispersed when their owners die or are incapacitated without having made adequate provision for their collections to be preserved in permanent institutions. The heirs to these collections sometimes do not fully appreciate their scholarly value, or the benefit to the world of preserving their integrity and availability to scholars.  They may therefore take the short-term profit gained by selling off the most valuable books, and discard the rest, whose value they do not understand.  Even if they wish to preserve the collection for scholarly use, often they do not have the expertise or resources to do so. To help correct this problem, and in accord with the mandate of the Foundation, found in Article Third of its Trust Declaration, to “preserve … flags and artifacts related to them,” to “support the conducting … of research in … private libraries,” to “make grants for any of the foregoing purposes,” and to “take …
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Resolution re Cataloguing Support Program

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Resolution—Cataloguing Support Program.

The Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the Flag Heritage Foundation (“Foundation”) takes notice that a number of collections of flag books and flag- and symbol-related documentation of significant scholarly value are either uncatalogued, only partially catalogued, or with a catalogue needing improvement to meet modern professional standards. Absent, defective or suboptimal cataloguing reduces the usefulness of these collections as instruments of research, impedes their inclusion in a union list as part of the Flag Bibliography International (“Bibliography”), and increases the possibility that the collections will be irresponsibly dispersed after their owners’ deaths rather than transferred to permanent institutions where their integrity and availability to scholars can be maintained. To help correct this problem, and in accord with the mandate of the Foundation, found in Article Third of its Trust Declaration, to “preserve … flags and artifacts related to them,” to “organize information concerning … flags and related symbols,” to “support the conducting … of research in … private libraries,” to “make grants for any of the foregoing purposes,” and to “take any other action designed to further the purposes of the Trust,” the …
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The Flag Heritage Foundation

The Flag Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to the knowledge, preservation and study of flags.   For more about us, see Who We Are.

Flags have been documented as a vehicle of human expression for at least 1000 years, and there is evidence of widespread use even before that.  They communicate information about nationality, locality, belief, identity, organization, rank, and much more.  Although there are exceptions, the basic elements of flag communication are color and line; words are secondary and ordinarily detract from a flag’s expressive power.

The number and uses of flags have so multiplied that it has long been impossible to list them all, or to collect all the designs in a book (or even a website, although Flags of the World makes a good attempt).  But this very multiplicity of design and use makes flags a mirror of culture.  Knowledge of flags helps us understand the world, and enriches studies in many fields including history, art history, art and design, political science, geography, semiotics, social psychology, cultural anthropology, heraldry, textile studies, and regional studies of all regions.

The formal study of flags is called vexillology, a …
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Collection Preservation Program

Collections of flag books (and flag- and symbol-related documentation) of significant scholarly value are often dispersed when their owners die or are incapacitated without having made adequate provision for their collections to be preserved in permanent institutions.

The heirs to these collections sometimes do not fully appreciate their scholarly importance, or the benefit to the world of preserving their integrity and availability to scholars.  They may therefore take a short-term profit by selling off the most valuable books, and discard the rest, whose value they do not understand.  Even if they wish to preserve the collection for scholarly use, often they do not have the expertise or resources to do so.

The best solution to this problem is for collectors, while still competent, to draft and put into place provisions to move their collections out of their estates.

This can be done by separating out a life estate (so the collector can keep possession while he lives) and donating the remainder to a permanent institution like a university library. Or it can be done by creating a trust and donating the collection there.  When the collector dies (or earlier if he wishes) the collection will not pass to his heirs, …
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Who We Are

The Flag Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to the knowledge, preservation and study of flags.

Founded in Massachusetts in 1971, the Foundation’s organizing document (its “Trust Declaration”), states that the Foundation is to use its resources

To preserve and display flags and artifacts related to them; To collect, organize, and disseminate information concerning all aspects of flags and related symbols; To promote wide public knowledge of the rich history of flags; and To cooperate actively with individuals and institutions having similar concerns.

To further these purposes, the Trust Declaration empowers the Foundation

To prepare, publish, and distribute books, periodicals, films, charts, and similar materials; To conduct and direct research; To communicate through conferences, seminars and similar activities; To provide information on flags; To create and maintain a library, museum, laboratory, or exhibition; and To make grants for any of these purposes.

Please click here to read about the Foundation’s current programs. Please click here for a brief history of the Foundation.

The Flag Heritage Foundation is a constituent member of FIAV (Féderation internationale des associations véxillologiques), the International Association of Vexillological Associations.

The Foundation is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under § 501(c)(3) …
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Model Remainder Deed and Trust Instrument

Often the most serious obstacle to preservation of an important collection or library is the failure of its owner to make adequate provision before his death or incapacity.  Then, when the owner dies, the collection goes to his heirs, who usually have little understanding of the collection’s importance or interest in its preservation.  The collection, if it is preserved at all, is then broken up and sold off in pieces to individual purchasers, destroying its aggregate scholarly value.  Even where one of the heirs does understand the value of the collection, the wish of other heirs to cash out their inheritance sometimes precludes consideration of the collection’s intellectual significance.

The best way to avoid this is, of course, to get the collection out of the owner’s estate before his death or incapacity.  This can also help avoid estate and inheritance taxes.  It can be done by giving the collection to a permanent non-profit institution, retaining a life interest so the owner can use and enjoy it during his life; or it can be done by giving the collection (or its remainder after the end of the life estate) to a trust for eventual disposition.  The Foundation’s » Continue Reading: Model Remainder Deed and Trust Instrument

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Programs: Overview

The Foundation operates several programs in support of its purposes.  These include:

The Cataloguing Support Program The Collection Preservation Program, including the Model Remainder Deed and Trust Instrument The Publications Program Stewardship of The Foundation Collections

Non-programmatic activity includes but is not limited to charitable contributions.

The Foundation welcomes suggestions for new programs. To suggest a program, please send us an e-mail.

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Publications: Overview

The Flag Heritage Foundation Monograph and Translation Series was established in 2009 to publish worthy monographs on flags and related subjects, and to translate and publish in English monographs previously appearing only in languages inaccessible to most scholars.

So far (as of August 2018) eight monographs have been published.

The Estonian Flag: A Hundred Years of the Blue-Black-White, by Karl Aun (2010).  English translation of the 1984 Estonian original published in Toronto. Emblems of the Indian States, by David F. Phillips (2011). A new taxonomy of the arms of the states of pre-independence India 1860-1947. With more than 32 pages of illustrations. History of the Haitian Flag of Independence, by Odette Roy Fombrun (2013). English translation of the second French edition, published in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1986. The Double Eagle, by David F. Phillips (2014). Original monograph on the two-headed eagle as it has appeared in heraldry and culture over the past 800 years. With 245 illustrations and a new map. Flags and Uniforms of the Oxford College Rowing Societies (2015). Reprint of an illustrated pamphlet published in …
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To donate research materials, objects or collections

The Flag Heritage Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation.  Contributions of objects and collections are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Some of the Foundation’s collections were given as donations, and we would be pleased to consider receiving research materials, collections, and individual objects as a way to preserve them.  The Foundation would also be grateful to receive collections, objects or funds by legacy. Collections (or remainders) may also be given to the Foundation under its Escrow Path program, to hold temporarily and then place in a permanent institution such as a university library.  Escrow Path gifts qualify for tax deductions.  For more on the Escrow Path, please look here. To discuss donating research materials, objects or collections, please send us an e-mail about it with your contact information and we’ll be in touch.

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