Launched on November 11, 1998, the Legacy Project is a national, all-volunteer effort that encourages Americans to honor and remember those who have servedor are currently servingthis nation in wartime by seeking out and preserving their letters and e-mails home. We believe personal correspondences offer unique insight into warfare and the thoughts and perspectives of those who have experienced it firsthand.
These letters and e-mails are also powerful reminders that the members of the armed forces are not just soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen; they are husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, and their letters and e-mails capture their distinct voices and personalities. Every one of these individuals has a story to tell, and our mission is to preserve their storiesas expressed in their own wordsfor posterity.
The Legacy Project is looking for correspondences from all of America's wars and on any subject matter. We prefer previously-unpublished material, but letters and/or e-mails that have already appeared in local newspapers, self-published books, and/or family web sites are all acceptable.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
If you would like to submit a war letter (or letters) to the Legacy Project, please send a legible photocopy or typed transcript of the material to:
The Legacy Project
PO Box 53250
Washington, D.C. 20009
E-mails can be forwarded to: WarLetters2004@yahoo.com
Please include information about the serviceman or woman who wrote the letter (e.g., where he or she served, his or her rank, and any other important personal and/or background information), as well as your phone number and an address where we can contact you.
Please do not send original letters unless you are planning to dispose of the material otherwise. We cannot return anything sent to us, unless we specifically ask to borrow it for a special project or museum display. Also, it is not necessary to send us a query asking if we are interested in your correspondence. Due to staff and time constraints, it is very difficult for us to respond to these queries. If the letters (or e-mails) are war-related, please assume that we will be interested in them.
Although we appreciate the generosity of those who have offered, the Legacy Project does not accept monetary donations. Nor do we solicit grants, government funding, or any other form of financial assistance. The Legacy Project is able to support itself thanks to the assistance of volunteers, who donate both their time and the necessary financial resources to cover all administrative costs.
Please note: Due to the enormous volume of mail we receive it can take us several months or longer to respond. If you have sent material to the Legacy Project and not received a reply, it is most likely because we have been overwhelmed with mail. (In some cases we have had trouble reading a contributor's handwriting and have been unable to respond.) We appreciate every letter sent to us, and we will continue to try and reply to every submission as quickly as possible.
Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.
All material ©Copyright The Legacy Project, 2005