Family research yields treasured letters

SYCAMORE – Julie Dresser of Sycamore is one of eight finalists in the I Found It In The Archives! contest, part of a national campaign sponsored by the Society of American Archivists.

Dresser’s essay, submitted to the contest by the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, describes how a trip to the Benjamin F. Feinberg Library at SUNY–Plattsburgh helped her discover priceless letters from her fourth-great grandmother.

“I’ve discovered wonderful things in many different archives across the United States, but these letters, with their first-hand accounts of different events, are my greatest of the great,” Dresser wrote.

The eight finalist essays can be viewed at by clicking on “I Found It In the Archives!” Voting is open to the public through May 15. The winner of the national contest will be announced in June and will receive complimentary airfare to the society’s annual meeting in San Diego and a two-night hotel stay.

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