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|Posted: Thu Nov 30th, 2006 10:29 pm||
I have no idea how it's done, but you might find it helpful to have a museum or library look at your material. Many museums and libraries have collections of documents pertaining to one person.
For example, the New York State Library has some 60-odd boxes of the papers of Union General Gouverneur Kemble Warren. They include personal letters, copies of his order books, reports, correspondence with other commanders, etc. Also maps, some of his books from his cadet days at West Point, a Bible, etc.
Not only can a museum curator or librarian help you evaluate the material for insurance purposes, but also to tell you the significance of your stuff. The owner may wish to donate his collection to such a repository, and perhaps receive a tax deduction.
I do hope there will be a way to preserve the documents and also make them available to researchers and historians.
Keep us posted! We're all interested in this exciting development!