Letters help create a detailed account of a person's life, their feelings, relationships and the time in which they lived. Whether you are preserving letters for your own family or for deposit into a library, they require special care.
The Legacy Project, started by Andrew Carroll in 1998, continues to collect war letters for preservation. Below is their statement of purpose:
"Our goal is to preserve letters written and/or received by members of the armed forces, as well as their families and friends. The Legacy Project focuses on letters because we believe they offer unique insight into warfare and its effect on those who experience it firsthand. Letters also serve as powerful reminders of the human cost of war, and they record the thoughts and observations of common servicemen and women, whose individual voices are so often unheard."