Re-post: How Old Papers Can Lead to Old Authors
The link above will take you to a New York Times Article that illustrates perfectly why old papers are important. In this case, the unique paper upon which the book was written led directly to the Wheeler family plantation. Further research has corroborated detail that verifies the identity of the escaped slave woman who wrote the novel.
No, this article is not related to our family in any way, but who knows what other mysteries of more personal interest can be solved by reading our own old stuff?