From the Savannah Morning News:
Juliette Gordon Low’s India diaries are part of a broad historical collection the Digital Library of Georgia is compiling for the public to use. The Digital Library, which is part of GALILEO, includes access to a historical newspaper collection with more than 1 million pages, said Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia. “Right now, we have in the Georgia portal 570,000 different historical materials. Music, maps, it runs the gamut,” McAlister said.
Low’s India diary offers international content of particular interest to Savannah because of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, said Lisa Junkin Lopez, executive director of the birthplace. She hopes more people will write about the diary now that it’s accessible online. It should be of interest to people interested in women’s history, early 20th century travel, or to those who want to learn about Low, she said.
The digitized diary is 63 pages long and takes several hours to read all of the hand-written letters. Girl Scouts love Low’s sense of adventure, and the letters provide an exclusive first-person account of her experiences in India, Junkin Lopez said. “We know her as an intrepid traveler. It’s full of adventures. There are stories of her riding elephants and eating peacock meat and being in a train fire and getting quarantined” because of illness, she said.
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