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Pictured: Some of the boxes marked TH marked (of course)for Thomas Hardy<br />
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Steps are underway to make the world's largest collection of Thomas Hardy material available to the public for the first time.<br />
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The Mayor of Casterbridge writer's letters, drawings and books, many previously unseen, have been kept in pristine condition away from the public gaze.<br />
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The treasure trove has been preserved in over 150 boxes by Dorset History Museum, in Dorchester, since the death of Hardy's second wife, Florence, in 1937.<br />
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Now, a project called Unlocking Thomas Hardy, organised by the Dorset Archives Trust, is trying to raise £60,000 to make the archive available to view online.<br />
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Previously, the archive has only been available to specialists who could ask to view specific pieces in it.