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Letter: Canada's wartime history appeal.

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. The national importance of the project and of the materials it contains is reflected in the fact that the Queen's representative in Canada, Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada, is the project patron.

We are looking for any letters, diaries, photographs, postcards, or other personal materials connected to individuals who served with the Canadian forces. We ask only to borrow them for copying and scanning. All materials will be returned to their owners and the project will pay all postage and shipping costs. Every letter or photograph is important and adds to our understanding of the Canadian war experience.

If you have any relevant materials or any questions concerning project please contact me.

Dr STEPHEN DAVIES Project Director The Canadian Letters and Images Project Malaspina University-College 900 Fifth Street Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada V9R 5S5 Email: letters@mala.bc.ca Phone: 250-753-3245 x 2131 Website: www.mala.bc.ca/history/letters
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jun 2, 2003
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