I just received a couple of diaries spanning a few years in the early 20th century from a relative. She told me she would like to see them be donated to the local historical society, but to feel free to share them with the family first.
My first question is: is it better to transcribe the diaries or scan them page by page? I'd like to have them printed and bound by one of the popular online book printing sites (the cost is very low so they'd make great holiday gifts!).
Also, the relative who sent me the diaries also possesses the majority of family genealogical resources (photos, documents, etc.). My side of the family was left with nearly nothing from our ancestors, and for this reason I'd like to ask the current owner of the diaries if I could substitute the originals with copies to donate to the historical society. How should I approach this matter? It would mean a lot to me to keep them in the family.