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The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a long-term project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his entire lifetime (1809-1865).

Lincoln research project receives major grant

Papers of Abraham Lincoln will use NEH grant to put Lincoln congressional documents online

August 17, 2015NEH Logo

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). 

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  • Lincoln 1863

    Lincoln in 1863

  • Gettysburg Address

    One of the five extant copies of the Gettysburg Address.  Courtesy of the White House Historical Association.

  • Lincoln 1864

    Lincoln in 1864.

  • Lincoln endorsement

    Lincoln endorsement discharging an under-age soldier, November 1863.  Courtesy of a private collector.

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The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, Second Edition

The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln

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