(Canada) The Canadian Letters and Images Project #general

Jan Meisels Allen

The Canadian Letters and Images Project is an online archive of the Canadian
war experience->from any war-as told through letters and images of Canadians
themselves. The project began in 2000 and is located in the Department of
History at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Contemporary letters, diaries
and photographs are digitized permitting Canadians to tell their story
through words and photographs. This is the largest such collection online in
Canada. As the materials are >from individuals it is not available anywhere
else. There are about 20,000 letters and growing.

A YouTube video about the project may be viewed at:

Because the documents are digitized the originals are not kept-they only
want to borrow any correspondence diaries, photographs or other personal
materials connected to Canadians at war, home front and battlefront. The
project will make arrangements-at their expense-to have any materials picked
up and returned by courier to ensure the safety of these materials. They
will digitize the materials in their entirety no editing of the materials.

To search the site go to: http://canadianletters.ca/search/site

If you are interested in sharing your family war memories of letters,
diaries etc. see: http://canadianletters.ca/content/about-us and scroll
down to the "contact us" portion. The materials have to be about Canadians,
but anyone, located outside of Canada as well as within Canada may
contribute the letters, diaries and other memorabilia.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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