Does anybody want collected letters home, even from someplace/time interesting?
July 10, 2012 3:22 PM Subscribe
How to find out whether historic letters are of any interest to somebody researching the era?
posted by acm to Society & Culture (5 answers total)
I have come into possession of a big pile of letters that were written by the wife of a military officer stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam War (probably around 1965-1968) to her family back in the US Midwest. Much of the chat is, by its nature, touristy reports and things that might be of interest only to family, but over time I expect there to be reactions to the local environment and tensions there. (I have only sampled and not read all of them.) Certainly, this same woman has told some stories of dramatic encounters in that era, although I guess it's possible that they were ommitted from the letters to keep her parents from worrying.
So, (a) how would one find out whether there was a person or center who might be studying this era and thus interested in this material rather than my recycling it, and/or (b) do you think there is someplace that would be interested in having such letters for future use? Are either of these answers dependent on my having read all of the letters and figured out what, if any, material of historical interest they contain? (Something about the way that, say, Civil War letters reveal everyday details made me think that they might have value even without overt newsiness.)
Appreciate any suggestions!