In a world which has changed since in nearly every facet of day-to-day life, what is profoundly striking about these letters is their relatable nature.
“It’s a very rich story because it cuts right to the human scale. I’ve been working very closely with this material now and the sense you get from it is one of common humanity,” Truxes told the Irish Voice.
“If you take away some of the idiosyncratic spellings and the handwriting styles, you would know these people. There isn’t a barrier. It’s almost as if 250 years just melts away.”
The exhibition is now open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through April 1. The NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library is located at 70 Washington Square South.