Written, cherished, scanned: The many lives of a wartime letter

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In 'First-Hand Accounts of War: War Letters (1935-1950) from NIOD digitised', the (paper) wartime letters in NIOD’s archives are being scanned and transcribed. Digitisation is giving the historical documents in collection 247: correspondence a new life. Many of them have already lived numerous ‘lives’, however, taking on new meanings each time: the war letters were written, read, saved and cherished before becoming part of an archival collection. In this blogpost, I reflect on how letters keep on acquiring new meanings as these developments unfold.
Translated title of the contributionGeschreven, gekoesterd, gescand: de vele levens van een oorlogsbrief
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherNIOD Instituut voor Oorlogs-, Holocaust- en Genocidestudies
Publication statusPublished - 04 Apr 2023

Publication series

NameNIOD blog


  • egodocuments
  • war letters
  • digitization
  • metadata
  • meaning-making
  • World War II
  • citizen science
  • Archival science


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