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UIS receives gift for Papers of Abraham Lincoln

February 28, 2013

SPRINGFIELD – A gift of $25,000 will aid the Papers of Abraham Lincoln in continuing its search for Lincoln documents at the National Archives.  Since 2006, researchers for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln have been searching for documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln in the vast holdings of the National Archives, both at its familiar facility on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington, and at its newer facility in College Park, Maryland.  Thus far, they have identified more than 56,000 documents within the project’s scope, including scores of new documents and hundreds of brief notes written by Lincoln.

This generous gift, made possible through the efforts of Benjamin Shapell and the Shapell Family Foundation, will aid the project in replacing funding that has supported the research at the National Archives since 2008.  For the past five years, the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund has supported a team of professional researchers for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln at the National Archives.  The Davis Charitable Fund completes its five-year commitment in the summer of 2013, and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln needs to attract approximately $325,000 per year to continue the search for documents.

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Papers of Abraham Lincoln digitally reunites Lincoln letter and envelope

Letter at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library matched to envelope in private collection in Australia

Lincoln to Magoffin

December 20, 2012

SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library had a letter but no envelope. An Australian collector had an envelope but no letter. Now the two items have been reunited, digitally.

As part of its global effort to locate Lincoln documents, the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project has matched the envelope to the letter it once held. The originals remain 9,500 miles apart, but digital images of both will now be available to scholars and to the public.

The director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Daniel W. Stowell, received several leads on potential Lincoln documents in Australian repositories and private collections during a trip there in July. One of those leads was to Dr. Barry O. Jones, an Australian writer and politician who has had a fascinating career.

 

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Extra! Extra! Grant gives new digital life to Lincoln’s favorite newspaper

Support from Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation allows digitization of Springfield newspaper to continue

December 10, 2012
Illinois Journal

SPRINGFIELD  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation has received a grant of $32,745 to continue digitizing a key Springfield newspaper from Abraham Lincoln’s lifetime.

Additional issues of the Sangamo Journal, later named the Illinois State Journal, will soon be freely available through the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection at the University of Illinois, with searchable text.

The grant from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation allows the presidential library’s Papers of Abraham Lincoln project to continue work begun earlier this year.

Said historian Harold Holzer, chairman of the bicentennial foundation: “The ALBF is delighted to support this historically important, long-needed digitization effort. With its rare combination of high-tech acumen and unmatched documentary expertise, the Papers of Abraham Lincoln is the ideal organization to assume the responsibility for preserving this precious, irreplaceable, but hard-to-find archive in the most accessible possible format.

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Intense Search Turns Up Financial Records from Lincoln’s Congressional Career

Lincoln got $8 a day, $8 for every 20 miles traveled

December 6, 2012Pay Record 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Even Honest Abe had to fill out paperwork to collect his salary and mileage money.

Researchers with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum have tracked down records signed by Abraham Lincoln, then a member of Congress, to get his money from the federal government: $8 a day and $8 for every 20 miles he traveled to and from his home in Illinois.

The documents were found at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., by David J. Gerleman, assistant editor of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project. Nineteenth-century pay records from the House of Representatives are scarce, but Gerleman came across an 1848 pay voucher for Lincoln rival Stephen A. Douglas while examining Treasury Department documents. 

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Papers of Abraham Lincoln receives largest grant to date from NEH

Will be used to make available to the public Lincoln's pre-1860 political and personal correspondenceNEH logo

October 19, 2012

SPRINGFIELD - The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a new, three-year, $300,000 matching grant for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, the largest grant the project has received to date from the NEH, that will be used to help make available to the public Lincoln's political and personal correspondence prior to his election as President.

“This grant is a great vote of confidence in our project,” said Director and Editor Daniel W. Stowell. “The NEH has long supported the type of fundamental research that documentary editors do to make the raw materials of history available to scholars and the general public.”

The NEH grant covers the period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016. It will support more than half of the salary of the Assistant Director and the entire salary of one Research Associate in Springfield. These staff members, along with other editors, will focus their attention on the markup, annotation, and review of Lincoln's political and personal correspondence and speeches prior to his inauguration as president. The transcription and proofing of documents from this period will be complete by the time this grant begins in mid-2013.

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