CORRECTION NOTICE – I needed to correct a post from July of this year concerning a nomination for a Golden Goose award that was later declined and withdrawn. The nomination was made on the basis of inaccurate information, and I relayed the same inaccurate information. I regret the error.
On to the new material – something timely given that tomorrow is Veterans’ Day.
A 15-year collection of letters from service members during wartime will be officially launched tomorrow at Chapman University in California. The Center for American War Letters will include this collection, part of the Legacy Project created by Andrew Carroll. After working with a professor on a play based on the letters, Carroll agreed to transfer the letters to Chapman. The university intends to incorporate the letters into its curriculum and to do additional works of culture using the letters, like the play that brought Carroll to Chapman (he will serve as director of the center).
Thanks to technology, you can already view some of the letters from Carroll’s collection via The Washington Post. (He has also published anthologies of these letters, available at the usual places.) Technology will play additional roles in preserving war letters going forward, beyond the Center (possibly) making some of its letters available online. The digitization of these letters will take place, and be augmented with video and other recordings of soldiers, veterans and their families reading from the letters. Ultimately you will be able to view this material online.
What is only mentioned in passing in The Washington Post about this is how technology has effected the war letter. Continue reading