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From: Sharon & Pat Darcey <>
Subject: [Ont] Preserving OLD letters
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 19:34:59 -0400
I have a dilema which I know that someone here will be able to solve. I
was recently given (hopefully permanently) 30 letters belonging to an
ancestor dating back 150 years. They are in wonderful condition. The
fellow who had them just had them in a plastic bag but they were stored
in his bank safety deposit box. I have opened them and put each of
them in to an archival safe plastic protector (from Staples or Business
Depot) so that I can copy them all and to eliminate handling of them.
Now, I have a couple of questions. Should they be left this way? In
the plastic protector? And also, I seem to recall that xeroxing them
was not good for them, is this true? What about scanning a couple of
them? Is this safe?
I might add that they were mostly from his brothers and discussing life
in Hamilton and New York and emmigrating to New Zealand. They have
certainly cleared up some questions I had.
Sharon in London Ont