I have already talked about some of the odder items found in our archive, so in this post I am just going to share some Unusual Archives news stories:
- In 2011 a reader at the UK National Archives got more than he bargained for when the file he ordered contained packets of heroin along with a document sent from the British Consulate in Cairo in 1928.
- The National Archives of Australia are baffled as to why their collections include a letter flown out of Paris by balloon while the city was besieged by the Prussians in 1870.
- A miniature and rather chewed archive of miscellaneous small slips of paper was found in birds’ nests in the roof of a Russian cathedral near Moscow.
And two unusual documents which were not found in archives, but are likely to end up in them:
- A letter to Santa found up a chimney 70 years after it was written.
- A map of Middle Earth annotated by J.R.R. Tolkien found in a copy of The Lord of the Rings handed in to a bookshop.