a. For my part of the project, I first had to determine who I would
consider to be an “expert” on the signatures on our documents. I decided I would email as many professors from
the history departments of noted California institutions such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford. I was hesitant to reach
out to professors at universities outside California simply because they might not feel as much obligation or attachment to
a high school across the country. Likewise, I was much more enthused to contact professors at Stanford because of the close
relationship Paly enjoys with their faculty. The following text closely resembles a typical email to a professor:
[Insert Proper Salutation here],
am a junior at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California.. In five sections of my United States history class, we are
working on a long-term project focused on World War II. Specifically, our teacher acquired a set of documents, similar to
a series of sign-in sheets, which contains the names of many World War II generals such as Leslie Groves. My job in this project
is to show scans of these documents to experts such as yourself in order to ask for your reaction and possibly other questions,
depending on your availability. I understand that you are most likely juggling a busy schedule, and I can assure you I will
try to only take a few minutes of your time.
I would also attach a scan of one of the pages that contains Lieutenant Groves’ signature,
so as to show the recipients of the email the kind of documents we were researching. Essentially, I sent a large number of
these kinds of messages out into academia and hoped for a few eager responses.