Can any of us predict when that budding genealogist in the future generations of our family will come along and be eager to read an original diary, journal, document that was written by his/her ancestor?
Do we wish we could share the wise words of our ancestors with the genealogical world? Many of us do. The answer. Transcribe your original diaries, journals, documents. (or have someone do it for you) Place them in a repository and on the shelf where access is available to everyone. You would not want to do this with the original. Originals are mostly likely placed in the Manuscript area and available only upon request. Quite often only those with credentials are allowed to peruse the heirloom, but a copy.... a transcribed facsimilie....what a great idea you will have had. Placing a copy in a library in the towns where your ancestor lived is such a gift. Think about it.