Exercise Book Archive is a website devoted to collecting children’s school notebooks from around the world. They aim to create a big digital archive and it currently dates back to the 18th century with one 1773 entry. There are notebooks from the UK, Italy, Ghana, China, Finland, Brazil, and many other countries.
Exercise Book Archive relies on volunteers to add notebooks to their ever-growing collection and to help the world learn more about the history of education.
“Everybody is invited to contribute to the growth of the collection by lending or donating old exercise books, diaries, and letters, and by volunteering to transcribe and translate their contents,” their website reads.
They have an Instagram account where they share interesting items from the archive. You can support the project by following them there.