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Line by Line: Transcribed Correspondence Collection (Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project)

Tamika Brown teleworking The Veterans History Project (VHP) archive contains thousands of collections featuring original correspondence, letters written by servicemen and women to their families and friends at home. These letters are fascinating historical documents, rich with details about each veteran’s service experiences—but their handwritten contents can sometimes be hard to decipher, particularly for modern eyes.

Beginning in the spring of 2020, VHP began transcribing a handful of our digitized correspondence collections. This project served two purposes: it increased the accessibility of these letters, and it also provided opportunities for telework for staff who were not working onsite due to the pandemic. Over the past two years, Library of Congress staff have transcribed nearly 50 correspondence collections, some of which are featured below. We invite you to explore the original letters and their side-by-side transcripts, and immerse yourself in these veterans’ words and experiences, line by line.

For more transcribed VHP correspondence collections, please view: “Please Write Often”: Wartime Correspondence

Photo caption: Tamika Brown, VHP processing technician, works on transcribing VHP correspondence collections in her home office. Photo courtesy of Tamika Brown.

Edgar D. AndrewscollectionEdgar D. Andrews
ARMY
World War I

Correspondence, Photos, Documents
David Lieuwen Baker collectionDavid Lieuwen Baker
ARMY
World War II

Correspondence, Photos, Documents
William James Bean collectionWilliam James Bean
ARMY
World War I


Correspondence, Photos, Documents
John B. Carson collectionJohn B. Carson
ARMY
World War II

Correspondence
Ellsworth DeWitt Hill collectionEllsworth DeWitt Hill
ARMY
World War I
World War II


Correspondence, Photos, Documents, Drawing
Rupa Dainer collectionHenry Walker McIver
ARMY
World War II

Audio Interview, Memoir, Correspondence
Ewing Harry Miller collectionEwing Harry Miller
ARMY
World War I

Correspondence, Diary, Photos
Ewing H. Miller, II collectionEwing H. Miller, II
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II

Video & Audio Interviews, Correspondence, Photos, Drawings
Edward Gottlieb Zahler collectionEdward G. Zahler
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II

Correspondence, Photos, Diary
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