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Curators find Internet path to past

Forget musty, dusty museum storerooms. Curators nowadays are digital archeologists, digging deep into the Internet for a touch of humanity to warm the cold slate of history. Using online auction searches, Bruce Johnson, a buyer for the Indiana Historical Society, found love letters written nearly 100 years ago between an Indiana farmer and his girlfriend. He also uncovered photographs of Confederate prisoners of war at a camp in Indianapolis. “The thing that always amazes me is that this is the only way that I could have possibly found these particular kinds of items,” Johnson said. Museums and historical societies across the country now look beyond neighborhood garage sales and antique shop piles, just as NASA contractors have turned to online auctions for spare computer parts and lawyers have found old documents and other evidence in the expanse of cyberspace. Full Story

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