There are still small schools that would love to have those slides. And the projectors are still sold by two guys who used to work for Kodak and have set up a business repairing and selling reconditioned ones. So showing them is not a problem.
I don't know if the College Art Association would help, but I'd google them and see if they'd make some kind of announcement or notice. I'll tell people from the American Institute for Conservation (I'm a member) and see if they have any ideas.
Since you are in Roanoke, there should also be some small craft schools in your area that would take them for their art summer courses and the like. Maybe contact Crafts Report and see if they'd run a notice.
I have a digital camera, but I still shoot 35 mm, especially for legal work because you can't manipulate the images. I often require clients to dig up an old projector when I'm teaching specialized subjects for which I have great 35 mm illustrations especially for industrial ventilation training for art/theater. And before you sneer, I have 45 year old slides, some of my own work, that have faded, but are still viewable and could even be restored. But I have 10 year old files on the computer that I can't get into anymore.
So let me pose two other question on the forum:
1. Is any school out there throwing out their old projectors and wouldn't mind giving one a home in a 6 floor walk up tenement in NYC?
2. Do you know anyone in the mood to digitalize about 8,000 slides for a more reasonable sum than $5/slide which it costs me now?
In a message dated 3/12/2012 8:14:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time, dave**At_Symbol_Here**ENDEAVOUREHS.COM writes:
Our Fine Arts Library has a collection of 30,000 or so 35mm slides. Thoughts on disposal or recycling?
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