German Heritage in Letters

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Sep 1, 2020

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Dec 31, 2020

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Between 1850 and 1920, more than five million German speakers arrived in the United States, and today over 40 million Americans have German heritage. Many have inherited important records from their family's past, including letters sent to immigrants from their home communities. If you have these kinds of letters, you can help by uploading digital images of your letters to our collection using our simple instructions, or contact us for more detailed information.


By adding your letters to our collection, you’ll help scholars learn more about the history of migration, the history of everyday life, and how “ordinary” people experienced extraordinary events like war and political upheaval.


Share your letters or read hundreds of other letters that have already been collected, click [here]

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