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New addition to the Digitizing Immigrant Letters project website

As a result of a collaborative project with the University of Vienna's Collection of Women's Personal Papers (Sammlung Frauennachlässe), a set of letters from that repository's collection of Emilie Wehle Papers has now been included in the digital archive developed by the IHRC/A.

In June 2011, IHRC Director Donna Gabaccia and archivist Daniel Necas visited the Sammlung Frauennachlässe in Vienna and discussed the possibilities for further collaboration with archivist Li Gerhalter and Director Christa Ehrmann-Hammerle, both of whom also participated in a workshop organized by the DIL project a year later, again in Vienna. Li Gerhalter has recently selected, transcribed and accompanied by introductions and contextual information six letters from the Emilie Wehle Papers. The letters were translated from German into English by Birgitt Wagner. They span half-a-century of correspondence among members of a Jewish family from Vienna who during the first half of the 20th century migrated to different places in North and South America as well as Africa. While the original letters remain in the possession of the archive in Vienna, the IHRC/A has been able to use digital copies of the letters. This constitutes the first instance of digital content contributed to the DIL project by a partner institution, in addition to items that have previously come from the IHRC Archives or been contributed by private individuals who also retain the physical originals of letters included in the project. The digitized letters from the Emilie Wehle Papers are available at the following link:

December 4th, 2013