"Women's Letters and Diaries in 19th Century America: How Archival History Can Assist Genealogists" Were 19th cenruy women 'archivists by constitution'? Focusing on 19th century America, we will explore how women thought about efforts to record, shape, preserve, and even destroy the memory to their loving ones, family and friends. The history of family archiving can assist genealogists to better understand why certain family documents have survived, why some documents were not created in the first place, or why some families are better documented than others.
Eric Stoykovich, Historical Manuscript Project Archivist in the Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library at University of Maryland, will speak about his current research project. He is studying how women int he 1840s began saving documents, preserving records, and cultivating family memories.