It seems that I have established interest here at Clemson University with the Special Collections Department. I can honestly say that I did not expect to be gearing up so soon to this point. While I am still creating a war letter collection, it is not my own personal collection. Here's why?
Funding and space appear to be a major issue, along with the labor involved to digitize and transcribe the letters. After a meeting with my mentor Dr. Mack in December, we decided that a new strategy was needed to create a platform which could be built upon later. This new plan was geared towards the Class of '39. This Clemson class joined together for WWII. They have been very involved in scholarships and other philanthropist projects for Clemson and it seemed only fitting that I start looking to build a donor relationship with the surviving members and families of those deceased. Several meetings have already taken place and we are opening doors with contacting members and PR work forthcoming in the Alumni newsletter.
My only fear would be - what if there is not any surviving material for this type of special collection? In order to data mine and gather research information, I am hoping that we will be able to have enough material to work with. Crowd sourcing the transcriptions has come into the discussion also as a way to lessen costs. I am very excited about this project and will update as it progresses.