History on the Move
Graffagnino laughs a lot. "Some people think I don't take the work seriously," he says. "That's not it. I don't take myself seriously."
Graffagnino was brought in five years ago in part because he wasn't intimidated by moving an irreplaceable collection--this is the fourth time he's done it. Packing up the Clements, he says, was "a little more complicated than some of the others, but not all. We moved a library and a museum in Kentucky down the street, oh, 500 yards. You're dealing with valuable material, and if something gets damaged, you just can't rush over to Barnes and Noble and buy a replacement. You have to take real care with the things. We are going to do it right rather than fast."
Today, the Corrigan truck is parked out back. "We were moving from the front when we were moving the Great Room," Graffagnino explains. "Now we're moving collections out of the basement. We'll probably have four or five loaded trucks leave here and go down to Ellsworth during the course of the day."
Though delicate, most of the books in the Rare Book Room were fairly small, and so "were pretty easy" to pack. Today, most of the empty Corrigan carts parked around the building will be filled with oversize volumes. "Now we're moving books this big," Graffagnino says, stretching his arms wide. "It can go more slowly because you can't put nearly as much on a truck."