I kept my comments to Richard (hugmagic) brief to minimize the risk of drawing attention away from the welcomed news that the AMoM board is trying to make the museum as productive and effective a resource as it can be, but perhaps some clarification is appropriate.
Richard wrote, I know Bob would want this to continue so the public could enjoy it not holed up where no one can see or use it. Now, perhaps Richard had some private conversations with Bob Lund in which Mr. Lund expressed those very sentiments, but in the few conversations I had with Bob on this topic over a period of some 15 years, Bob seemed pretty resolved that his collection would somehow ultimately be recycled back into the collecting community, and David Meyers comments in the recent Magicol also seem to confirm that. But as Jim correctly observes, at this time the issue of how Bob wanted to dispose of his collection is moot. Perhaps if there is any lesson here, it is that, if you are sure how you want your collection to be treated after your death, then you should make that crystal clear prior to your passing.
But the most important point to make about Richards comments is this: I believe Richard has (unintentionally, Im sure) done a disservice to the many private collectors who have gone out of their way to make their collections available to students and researchers of our art. Based on over 30 years of experience as a student and researcher, I can say that Ive enjoyed far greater access to research materials via private collections than public and/or institutionalized collections. So I must disagree with the notion that a privately held collection is holed up where no one can see or use it - if that is in fact what Richard meant to imply - for that is the polar opposite of my experiences.
But thats not to say that a publicly/institutionally held collection is incapable of affording a good degree of access and utility to scholars, and to return to the good news shared by Jim and the topic of this thread, perhaps this is one of the AMoM boards goals.