is Write from the Front (WFTF) and why is it important?
WFTF is a special program that the SC Confederate Relic Room and
Military Museum created specifically to preserve email, photos,
and letters from South Carolina service members that reflect their
daily experiences while on duty defending our nation.
WFTF is central to the Museum’s mission to collect and preserve
South Carolina’s military history from the colonial period
to the present.
centuries, South Carolinians have answered the call to military
service. From Fort Moultrie to the Persian Gulf, the proud sons
and daughters of the Palmetto State have always served with honor
and distinction. We know about their brave feats and quiet sacrifices
– their contribution to our history - from the letters and
photographs that soldiers have sent back from the field of battle
through the ages. The most precious resource for historians and
future generations are the thoughts, recollections, and experiences
of our service members recorded at the time that they lived them.
advent of the Internet has dramatically changed how service members
communicate with those at home. Today it is possible to send a quick
email from almost anywhere at any time. The immediacy of email makes
these sources an especially important historical treasure - but
they can also be lost forever with a single click of the delete
seeks to protect these important documents so that researchers can
tell the stories of those who sacrificed to keep our state and nation
safe and free. Whether they’re hidden away on a hard drive
or in an old shoebox, the passage of time only increases the chances
these irreplaceable records of history as it was lived, by those
who lived it, will be lost.
does the Museum manage WFTF?
All submissions are preserved by the Curator of Collections at the
SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, which is certified
by the American Association of Museums as meeting the highest standards
of museum practice.
museum saves every email received in a backed-up digital archive.
The Curator also prints each email and archives it in the same manner
as any historical documents. Papers, documents, photos are stored
in archival materials (acid free boxes, folders, mylar for photos)
and each collection is organized by the soldier’s name. The
archived collections are placed in a secure storage area with proper
climate control, which
protects the documents for temperature variations, relative humidity,
and harsh light.
documents are available for historians, researchers, genealogists
and the general public to review free of charge.
do I participate in WFTF?
On March 5, 2003, the SC General Assembly passed a resolution “to
encourage those brave soldiers to record their legacies of service
by participating in the Write From the Front Program sponsored by
the Budget & Control Board’s SC Confederate Relic Room
is your chance to be a part of history! Whether you are a service
member, family, or friend, you can help preserve these important
documents. To find out more about how you can participate, visit
the Submit Materials
NOTE: By sending email, images, and other electronic information, you give permission to the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum to reproduce the image and/or email or any other WFTF correspondence for purposes of display and/or reproduction in all Museum programs and projects. The print-out(s) will be added to the Museum's WFTF archives and may be used in various ways by the Museum including exhibitions, publications, websites, audio-visual productions, and educational programs.
is the future of WFTF?
Within the next few years, the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military
Museum plans to create an exhibit about WFTF. The exhibition will
combine excerpts from the emails and letters received, along with
artifacts from the field, to create a special display about the
experience of today’s service men and women.