Letters play an important role in family matters. Not only were they the main way in which people communicated with each other, but their content also communicates historical information to us. While writing about the mundane affairs of their lives, family letters give us a series of snapshots about life in the periods in which they were written. Furthermore, by researching the content of the letters and putting them in an historical context, contemporary readers gain a richer appreciation of the past.
The letters on this web site have been indexed in the following ways: