Letter: Canada's Wartime History Appeal

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Byline: Dr STEPHEN DAVIES

Sir, - I am writing to ask the assistance of the readers of The Birmingham Post in furthering a national Canadian history project. The Canadian Letters and Images Project (www.mala.bc.ca/history/letters) is an online archive of the Canadian war experience that uses letters, diaries, photographs, and other related personal materials to permit Canadians to tell their stories in their own words and images.

What makes this project particularly unique is that as an online archive we do not keep any materials. We borrow all materials for copying and scanning and then return them to the families. In this matter it allows families to share the materials from their family's past and still retain control of those valued heirlooms.

We are seeking materials related to Canadians during war from any period, but in particular from the First World War era. Significant numbers of those who served with the Canadian forces were recent immigrants to Canada, so that many of the letters to family and friends came back to Great Britain. We would like to locate and borrow those Canadian materials tucked away in closets and attics to add to this national project. …