A collection of timber leases

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Hi all,

So, I have a collection of timber leases, original documents, all dating from the 1880s or thereabouts.  Apparently my grandmother's grandfather was in the turpentine business.  They are all from one particular parish in Louisiana and they are all tree leases, not land leases.

Are these items anything that are of interest to a genealogist?  What do you guys think I should do with them, in general?  Are they worth the effort to do something with?  Scan them and upload them to a free space page?  Put them on a book on Lulu?   Find an archive to donate them to?

I'm just not entirely sure what their value is to a researcher.  They're not like wills where you can see who left what to who.  I would be happy to try and do something with them, electronically or otherwise - to get them to the right place, so to speak - I am just not sure what that is.  Like if I spent all the time uploading them to Wikitree, is that actually even of any value to anyone?
in Genealogy Help by Crispin Reedy G2G6 Mach 4 (42.5k points)
Do you have a local Historical Society or museum that you could donate them to. I know my local society has displays of old documents of local interest.
Which area are the timber leases from . I am in a 'timber town' and anything related to  timber from around this district is of interest by the Orbost Historical Society, Inc. Australia.

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Crispin, I have loads of documents that do not have any basic data in them, but they do give a picture of life of their own time period. Your collection of leases may not seem important, but I’d have to agree with a Rodney: they do need to be preserved.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
selected by Susan Laursen

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