Spoke with an archivist in Quebec this morning. The files from the lawsuit have been moved to a warehouse because of their age. She's not sure what all is in there, but is willing to have them pulled and give me a rundown of how many files there are, whether they're indexed or not, and an estimate on how much it would cost to copy and ship them to Chicago.
What she fears, though, is that people would contact her for one or two sheets out of thousands (which she won't do) or an even more vague request of can you tell me WHO I'm related to--which would mean they would have to read through thousands of sheets of paper--which also won't happen.
They would be willing on a one time only basis to copy all like sheets and ship them to us. We'd have to pay for the copying and the shipping and then we'd have to set up a small brigade of volunteers to transcribe all of the information. We're probably talking several hundred dollars, but won't know for sure until they're pulled.
I'd appreciate feedback from everyone as to whether this is worth pursuing and if anyone would volunteer to help. Please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how involved you're willing to get.
Thanks so much,
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