Letters Home is a multi-format humanities project that highlights the significance and history of letters and other communications sent by service-people to their loved ones during global conflict. Throughout the 2018-19 year, we will invite veterans, family members, and civilians to take part in a series of programs that engage audiences with this intimate genre. Letters Home is supported in part by an Action Grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
The digital exhibit hosted here invites submissions of letters, emails, audio, and video from veterans and family members, accompanied by brief reflections. Correspondence and reflections will be featured on our gallery page. If you would like to participate in this project, please see submission guidelines below.
Submit a scan (.pdf) or clear photo (.jpg) of the front and back of the letter. Via the submissions portal, send a label for the letter that includes correspondents’ names, dates, and locations , i.e. “Letter from PFC Morris to his mother, Jane Morris, from Iraq to Cinnaminson, NJ. 2004.”
Save a .pdf of the email and submit as that file type. Label the file with correspondents’ names, dates, and locations, as described above.
Audio and video
Save and submit as .mp3 or .mp4. Label the file with correspondents’ names, dates, and locations, as described above.
With your submission, include your name, relationship to the service member (i.e. mother, brother, friend, self) and a brief reflection (50-100 words) about receiving or sending the letter, email, audio, or video correspondence. You may include a photo of yourself, or a photo of yourself and the service member (optional).