Archivists from the Library of Virginia are working on a project to preserve Civil War artifacts for many years to come.
They're scanning and digitizing thousands of documents -- letters, diaries and photos. 150-year-old documents -- especially the ones that might have traveled for miles in the pocket of a Civil War soldier -- can be kind of tough to read.
"I scanned one daguerreotypes that was really badly silvered," says Laura Drake Davis, an archivist with the Library of Virginia, who, along with one other person, runs the Civil War 150 Legacy Project. "(you) could not see the image in my hand. Put it on the scanner, scanned it, image popped right up. I was amazed. It was a soldier... and now you can see the image, you can't see it when you're looking at it."
You can read more in an article in the NBC Washington web site at http://goo.gl/3VZG9.
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