Patsy D. Herring has written an article that I think should be required reading for all genealogists. It seems that Stephen Brown Simmons (1918 - 2012) spent more than half a century collecting hundreds of family group sheets, pictures, letters, notes, documents, newspaper articles, birth, wedding, and death announcements, books and historical information about residents. It was apparent this valuable collection needed to be preserved and shared with the public.
The article describes one solution being performed by Mr. Simmons' friends and family. I suggest you read Patsy Herring's article at http://goo.gl/JqbPEz and then think about what will happen to YOUR collection after you are gone.