Rare manuscripts depicting the life of American Indians from 1763 to 1842 soon will be in the domain of ordinary readers, under a venture by the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee to post the documents on the world wide web.

The collections depict everything from the first contacts of whites and American Indians to the bacon-and-bread rations that defeated natives were given upon being forced from their lands.

"Original manuscript material of this type and from this time period generally exists only in paper form, buried within vaults and closed stacks, available only


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