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Etiquette and ethics for old letters, pictures
Posted by: Kimberly Ryan (ID *****5610) Date: April 05, 2008 at 05:10:17
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One of my deceased relatives appears to have been an avid letter writer and also had a large collection of, mostly unlabelled *sigh*, photographs. Most of the letters are from the 1950s onward, after she first moved to North America. The letters are from various family members and friends in different countries. Many of the letter writers are now deceased, but some have living children.

So, I wonder if it would be appropriate to offer copies of these letters to the living relatives. (I would be careful to check them first for any unpleasant surprises.) Mostly the letters are news about the health and location of various family members, who got married, who had a baby, etc. There are a couple cute letters from two of her nephews (young children at the time, but now both deceased).

The same goes for the pictures. I imagine that most of the pictures are duplicates, but there might be some that their immediate families do not have.

I'd also like to ask if I could have copies of her letters, if they still exist. But that is a much more sensitive matter. I don't want to impose on anyone and I know every family has secrets that they would rather not share.

Since I've never considered this before, I wonder if anyone else has done this and have any suggestions.


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