As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public until further notice. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

Letter Writing - Templates for Social Life

In the 18th century, letter writing was a significant form of communication. Letter writing required instruction, told of rank in society, and today might even be considered an emerging art form of sorts. The following activities and information take you through the instruction, forms, and art of letter writing as provided through letters in the APS collections.

This page is for those curious about the practice of letter writing in the 18th century. Of course, for modern readers, this practice extends to texts, emails, and still the occasional “snail mail.”  Each of the sections below contains information on portions of these practices, along with activities, and opportunities to make connections to current practices in the art of social communication. 

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