A letter that took two years to reach its destination evokes the hazards of the Pony Express
May 2010 | By Owen Edwards
Those who don't have power tend to make fun of those who do. But what happens when the power shifts?
November 2009 | By Lance Morrow
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas engaged in pre-debate negotiations in 1858.
September 01, 2008 | By Smithsonian.com
Never-before-exhibited correspondence from van Gogh to a protégé displays a thoughtful exacting side of the artist
January 2008 | By Arthur Lubow
Letters between George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette
September 01, 2007 | By Smithsonian magazine
In a long-lost letter an American woman describes Lindbergh's tumultuous touchdown in Paris75 years ago this month
May 01, 2002 | By Smithsonian magazine
To the "detectives" who solve the mysteries of errant mail, every letter is a human tale
July 2000 | By Sue Allison