Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Social History Archival Project of Family Letters

 Letter Archival Project: In my spare time, I am currently working on a project to archive family letters from 1940s till 2000s. My parents had somehow stored the letters from pre-partition days till their death in 2003-04 spanning 5 generations with around five thousand items. These include letters from times they were in India before partition, and after partition in Hyderabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and then back in Karachi. All kinds of personal correspondence of my parents from my grandparents generation, from my aunts, uncles generation, my siblings generation and also from me and my siblings' children generation. The letters coming from uk, usa, Brazil, India, Australia, Middle East, East Pakistan and different cities of Pakistan and india. Treasure trove of social history of the uprooting of families in india, their survival struggle in Pakistan from scratch, and then a gradual settling down. The project includes i.e (1) labeling, (2) dating (3) sorting, (4) identifying the senders and recepients, (5) cataloging (6) scanning, (7) deciphering the handwritings and transcribing, (8) editing, (9) categorizing, (10) contextualizing, (11) interpreting... ...