Civil War Letters Sent To State Archives
The Archives of Michigan today announced it has received an extensive collection, one of the largest in the country, of Civil War letters. Donated by Wallace K. Ewing of Grand Haven, the 291 letters will be available to researchers visiting the Archives, and electronic versions added to the Archives of Michigan Digital Collection at http://www.seekingmichigan.org, in the spring of 2009.
The collection consists of correspondence between Ewing's great-grandparents -- Henry McKendree (Mack) and Nancy (Nan) Ewing of Hillsdale -- from 1856 to 1865, while Mack was fighting in the Civil War. All of the letters are in their original addressed, stamped and canceled envelopes. The donation also includes a notebook kept by Mack and a scrapbook made by Nan during the war.
"We're thrilled to be able to make this amazing collection, which offers a fascinating look at Michigan's and the nation's history, available to researchers," said State Archivist Mark Harvey. "Many thanks to Mr. Ewing for his generous donation, and to his family for keeping the collection together and in such great condition for 150 years."
Ewing said that he donated the letters to the Archives of Michigan because he wanted to keep the collection intact, in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment, and to make them available electronically to the public.
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