I AM writing to ask the assistance of the News 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.
What makes this project 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 manner 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.
The national importance of the project and of the materials it contains is reflected in the fact that the Queen's representative in Canada, HE the Governor General, is the project patron.
We are looking to borrow letters, diaries, photographs, postcards, or other personal materials connected to individuals who served with the Canadian forces.
All materials will be returned to their owners and the project will pay all postage and shipping costs. If you have any relevant materials or any questions concerning projects please contact me.
Dr Stephen Davies
The Canadian Letters and Images Project
900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia
Canada V9R 5S5
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 250-753-3245 ext 2131