Maja deciphered and organized 80+ years of Swedish letters

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Maja deciphered and organized 80+ years of Swedish letters

By: Rebekah Bjork | January 28, 2015

During the month of January 2015, volunteer college student Maja worked with staff Duane Swanson, Curator, organizing a collection of letters in 3 boxes, spanning 80+ years, most of which were in Swedish. Maja used her basic knowledge of the Swedish language to infer and deduce familial connections among the correspondents. This was an excellent opportunity for her to gain hands-on archival experience with a set collection. This project will help her further her career aspirations with foreign languages and cultures, and historical research and writing.


Submitted by Jean Nierenhausen, posted 1/27/15