TNA digi­tises cap­tured let­ters

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ON THE RECORD -

The Na­tional Ar­chives ( TNA) has be­gun a 20-year project to make a col­lec­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 160,000 un­de­liv­ered his­toric let­ters avail­able on­line. As part of the Prized Pa­pers Project, in part­ner­ship with Prof Dag­mar Freist of the Univer­sity of Olden­burg in Ger­many, TNA will digi­tise, cat­a­logue and de­scribe the pa­pers, which were in mail bags car­ried by ships cap­tured by Bri­tish forces be­tween the 17th and 19th cen­turies. Find­ings among the pa­pers in­clude jour­nals, sheet mu­sic, draw­ings, po­ems, seeds, glass beads and keys.

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