What to do with literally hundreds of old letters?
What do I have:
All of the Christmas letters described in a previous post
Letters that my uncle sent to his parents while serving in World War II
Letters exchanged between my parents before they married as well as some intermittent correspondence in their early married years
Letters between Dave and me during our courtship and our early married years while Dave was in the military
Letters Dave and I sent to family and friends during our three years in Germany. It is probably very unusual to have copies of all the letters sent, but I had a typewriter in Germany and had access to carbon-sets… these consisted of 6 sheets of paper with carbon paper between the sheets. I typed a letter every week and sent copies to family members, retaining the final carbon copy for our own records. At least three family members also saved all of the letters sent to them, and now we have those copies, as well. Many times, I wrote individualized notes at the end of the letters to family members, so we now also have those notes.
The letters Dave and I received from family and friends during our years in Germany
Many letters my aunt sent to my parents over the years
Other miscellaneous letters that my grandmother saved from her family
The plan: sort, scan, place in archival sheet protectors, and transcribe.
Priority: All (including envelopes) need to be sorted, scanned and placed in archival protection ASAP. Especially important is being sure we have additional copies in case disaster strikes the originals!!!
The transcription process can be done later.