Papers of Abraham Lincoln will use NEH grant to put Lincoln congressional documents online
August 17, 2015
SPRINGFIELD – The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project has received a $400,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will allow more documents about Lincoln’s congressional career to be placed online.
The new three-year grant is the largest the Papers of Abraham Lincoln has received from the NEH. It comes in the form of $100,000 in outright funds and $300,000 in matching funds.
“NEH is proud to support programs that illuminate the great ideas and events of our past, broaden access to our nation’s many cultural resources, and open up for us new ways of understanding the world in which we live,” said William Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The grant covers the period from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019. It will support the salaries of editors who are working through the documentation of Abraham Lincoln’s early life and career. These staff members, along with other editors, will focus on the markup, annotation and review of Lincoln's legislation, correspondence and speeches during his single term in Congress (1847-1849).
Donation of financial grants and in-kind services will support the digitization of Lincoln’s writings and creation of a digital archive for preservation and education
April 1, 2015
BOSTON & SPRINGFIELD, IL—Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the storage and information management company, today announced a new partnership with The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and cosponsored by the University of Illinois Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln Association, the project has already located nearly two hundred thousand documents from his legal and legislative careers, his personal and political life, and his Presidency.
The partnership, a combination of financial contributions and in-kind services, will help support the Papers’ efforts to acquire, archive and preserve the documentary record of Lincoln’s life and career. Iron Mountain’s funds will increase the number of researchers searching for and contextualizing Lincoln documents as well as develop a public interface to showcase important finds and help educate visitors. In addition, Iron Mountain will help build a long-term archival solution to safeguard the Papers’ data in perpetuity.
Papers of Abraham Lincoln receives images of Lincoln letters to Japan
March 26, 2015
SPRINGFIELD—The Papers of Abraham Lincoln has added three more documents to its collection by obtaining images of letters Lincoln wrote to the Shogun of Japan in 1861.
Many historic documents were destroyed by fire in the bombing of Tokyo during World War II, but these letters survived. They are held in the Diplomatic Archives of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ms. Takako Day, a native of Japan who lives in DeKalb, Ill., contacted the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum regarding her research on Lincoln’s 1862 meeting with Joseph Heco, the only Japanese person Lincoln ever met. Day agreed to help obtain copies of the diplomatic documents, and she personally obtained the digital images on a recent visit to Japan.
The letters concern America’s ambassadors to Japan. In one, Lincoln assures Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi that Townsend Harris would represent the views of the Lincoln administration. The second and third letters announce Harris’s resignation and the appointment of Robert H. Pruyn as the new Minister Resident to the Japanese government.
August 19, 2014
SPRINGFIELD--A gift of $100,000 to the Papers of Abraham Lincoln honors Cullom Davis, professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois Springfield. From 1988 to 2000, Davis served as editor and director of the Lincoln Legal Papers, which later expanded into the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.
The anonymous gift will provide support for this long-term documentary editing project. Staff at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln are dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865). The collection will be published on the internet and available free of charge. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is part of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership.
"I am delighted with this gift that honors my predecessor, advisor, and friend Cullom Davis," said current editor and director Daniel W. Stowell. "To paraphrase the subject of our project, it is altogether fitting and proper that this gift recognizes Cullom’s achievements. Our work on the Lincoln papers is indeed a great task that Cullom nobly advanced, and we are pleased to carry on the work that he began."
Papers of Abraham Lincoln collection adds letters located at University of Alabama
August 11, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – The Papers of Abraham Lincoln announced that it has scanned two previously unknown Lincoln documents from the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection at The University of Alabama Libraries in Tuscaloosa.
The first is a letter to Lincoln’s former secretary of war, Simon Cameron, written on Nov. 6, 1863. The letter concerns a series of treason cases against prominent Baltimore officials. Cameron had imprisoned many of them during his time in Lincoln's cabinet, and in turn, several of them had sued him in federal court for false imprisonment. Cameron wrote to Lincoln urging the president to press the treason trials to demonstrate the government's intolerance for treason and to help Cameron's case.
Lincoln responded that he had sent an attorney to Baltimore to investigate the matter and had learned that the judge did not want to proceed without the presence of the Supreme Court justice responsible for Maryland's federal circuit.