Most everyone has some old family photos or documents stuffed in shoe boxes up in their attic somewhere. Maybe you have a photo of great-grandma Pearl walking down DeSiard Street in the 1920s. What about that letter written by an ancestor talking about the flood of 1874 in Morehouse Parish? How about that 1800s store ledger from a mercantile in St. Joseph?

These are priceless historical documents that need to be preserved for future generations. The University of Louisiana at Monroe, along with libraries all over northeastern Louisiana have partnered together to do just that.

So far, the Louisiana Digital Library, where these photos reside, has more than 84,000 digital materials about Louisiana's history, people and places. Anyone can take a look at the items by visiting the LDL at www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/.

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