A letter written by a soldier to his mother in 1918.

October is Georgia Archives Month, and the 2017 theme is Come on in, y’all! Accessible Archives in Georgia. Georgia Archives Month is a way to recognize the importance of historical records and celebrate those who help maintain the records.

The Cobb County Public Library will be presenting the “Letters from the Past” exhibit throughout October in the Georgia Room at Switzer Library. The exhibit will kick off with an open house on Wednesday, October 4th from 1 pm to 5 pm. The event will be followed by a special program at 7 pm on preservation, digitalization, handling of old letters and handwriting.

The display will feature a collection of handwritten letters from the 1850s to the 1920s that Georgians in WWI and the Civil War eras wrote to their friends and family on some of their most difficult days. The letters will be on display all month long.

Patrons will get to see the original documents, as well as the digitized copies and transcripts carefully created from the originals.

A letter written by King George V.

Georgia Room Library Assistant Maggie Thomas notes, “It is virtually impossible to place a monetary value on these documents, but the historical value is immeasurable.”

This unique program is intended to make these materials available for public research and public interest by digitizing documents and making them available online.

This program is made possible by the 2017 “Spotlight on Archives” grant from the Society of Georgia Archivists.

The Georgia Room houses a collection of genealogical and historical resources for patrons to help serve informational and educational needs. For more information on the Georgia room please visit www.cobbcat.org/research/local-history/

Switzer Library is located at 266 Roswell Street, Marietta 30060. (770) 528-2333

Celebrate Georgia Archives Month with the “Letters from the Past” Exhibit