Papers of Abraham Lincolon

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The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a project of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Breathtaking in scope and meticulous in process, this long-term documentary editing project is locating, digitizing, transcribing, annotating, and publishing as many as 150,000 documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865). The project has divided the Papers into three series, of which only the first is currently available on the website. "Series I: Legal Papers" incorporates all legal documents from Abraham Lincoln's legal career from his paralegal activity in the early 1830s through his inauguration as President on March 4, 1861.  "Series II: Illinois Papers" includes all non-legal Lincoln documents from his birth on February 12, 1809 through March 3, 1861, the day before his inauguration as President. "Series III: Presidential Papers" incorporates all Lincoln documents from his inauguration as President on March 4, 1861 through his death on April 15, 1865. A sophisticated search engine will enable full-text searching of all transcriptions and annotations, giving researchers unprecedented understanding of the lives of Lincoln and his correspondents. The website has links to information about the project, the staff, and the policies; a quarterly newsletter about the project (which you can sign up to receive electronically); and Lincoln resources such as a chronology and bibliography.  There is a form for individuals or repositories to submit Lincoln documents to the project; and an opportunity to donate to the project –  if you donate $100, you will receive a 4GB Abraham Lincoln flash drive. [InSITE]