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Advice on saving women's letters?


I should probably know this, but alas, I don't.  Are there books, book chapters, or journal articles that discuss the ways in which early American women's letters were saved--or rather not saved--either by their husbands, future generations, or archives?  I want to explore the discrepancy between the number of men's letters and the number of women's letters in a family.  I know men often kept copies of letters they sent, but did women?