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Celebrate a Digitized Sesquicentennial
By Christine Stoddard
Now you can read Civil War documents on your iPad. That's because archivists from The Library of Virginia are scanning privately-owned manuscripts and posting them on the Library of Virginia's and Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission's websites. The project's called The Civil War 150 Legacy Project. The point of digitizing these files is to make them accessible.
In March and April 2011, the team traveled from Charlottesville to Roanoke to Norfolk (and several other places throughout Virginia). During their visits, anyone could come to the specified location, often a public building such as a library or community center, and present their Civil War documents to be scanned for the project. Examples of represented manuscripts include letters, photographs, hand-drawn maps, military passes, and more.
Isn't it time your great-great-great-grandfather's diary was read and seen by all? You might just find it in The Civil War 150 Legacy Project.