It’s a priceless opportunity to get in touch with the past.
For Baylor graduate student Hannah Mason, it's a hands-on experience. She's part of a project taken on by Baylor University to scan, digitize and load images of about 2,800 letters more than a century old.
"It's a little intimidating at first because it's such a big piece of history," Mason said. "Each time I come in and I pick up a letter, it definitely is a little moment of realizing oh my gosh, Robert Browning actually wrote this. He held this paper."
The letters aren’t just any letters, they're letters written to or by two famous Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Browning is the poet behind the line “How do I love thee . . . Let me count the ways."
"The project will just make all of these letters come alive for people, and they'll be able to enjoy them," Director of Manuscripts Rita Patteson said.
The original letters were once only available by visiting the Armstrong Browning Library.
"Fortunately now, researchers are going to be able to access the images of the letter through our system, therefore minimizing the handling over at the Armstrong Browning Library," Digitization Project Manager Darryl Stuhr said. "The software we use will help us digitize the letters in high resolution, which is coming out to be 600 dots per inch."
Less handling that can help with preservation and offer a way for history and technology to go hand-in-hand.
Recently, Baylor University partnered with Wellesley College in Massachusetts to upload their famous collection of more than 500 love letters between Robert and Elizabeth.
Officials say on the first day of its release, Valentine’s Day, there were 700,000 views from around the world.