Lincoln Legal Briefs

October - December 1999, Number 52

The Lincoln Calendar

The 27th annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium will take place Saturday afternoon, February 12, at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. The program will feature papers by Hans L. Trefousse (Brooklyn College, CUNY) and Bruce Tap (Grand Rapids, MI), and commentary by Bryon Andreasen (Illinois Historic Preservation Agency) and John Sellers (Library of Congress). Then there will be a panel discussion on "Whatís New with Lincoln," conducted by Michael Burlingame (Connecticut College), Allen C. Guelzo (Eastern College), Mark S. Rinehart (Upper Arlington Library, Columbus, OH) and Thomas F. Schwartz (Illinois State Historian). The symposium is free and open to the public.

That evening the speaker at the annual Abraham Lincoln Association banquet will be the celebrated biographer and political commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin, who is at work on a book about Abraham Lincoln and a television documentary about the Lincoln marriage. Tickets ($40 per person) are available through Linda Culver, Illinois National Bank, 322 East Capitol, Springfield, IL 62701, phone (217) 747-5501.


Stowell Named Director

Effective January 1, Associate Editor Daniel Stowell succeeded Cullom Davis as director of The Lincoln Legal Papers. This appointment completes a transition plan that began last year, with several staff promotions and reassignments. Dr. Stowell joined the project in 1996, and was promoted to associate editor early in 1999. Holder of a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Florida, he is the author of a book on southern churches during Reconstruction, and editor of two other books, including a forthcoming work on antebellum Illinois domestic law. He and his wife Miriam have four children.

Cullom Davis served as project director and senior editor for eleven years, leading his colleagues through the comprehensive search for court records and then their publication in The Complete Documentary Edition, due for release in February. While retiring from his administrative duties, Dr. Davis will continue service as Consulting Editor.


Dan the Scan Man

Technical Associate Dan Dixon completed his demanding assignment as the projectís scanning specialist on December 31. First hired on a part-time basis from 1990 to 1992, he returned as a full-time employee in 1994, to perform the exacting work of converting and tagging more than 200,000 pages of document photocopies to digital form. Both dedicated and methodical, he was responsible for producing the clear document images that comprise the bulk of The Complete Documentary Edition. Dan also performed many other important and exacting duties, earning the respect and appreciation of his colleagues, who wish him further success.



Another welcome grant from the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation will support editorial work during 2000 on the multi-volume selective book edition. This is the 9th successive year of the foundationís support, which has been vital to the projectís momentum and success. The recent award, announced by grants chair Diana D. Spencer, is for $38,000.

The projectís annual donor campaign began in November, with a request mailed to members of the Abraham Lincoln Association. Early results are highly gratifying, and show total receipts to date of $2,345. Our appeal to readers of the newsletter is included in this issue.

For their generous support we offer thanks to the following recent donors: Dennis Antonie, Paul Barker, Mr. and Mrs. Morton Barker, Winifred Barringer, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Becker, Edward Bredin, QC, Donald Carmichael, John Chapin, George Craig, Linda Culver, Mr. & Mrs. John E. Daly, Dr. Burnet V. Davis, Cullom Davis, Mr. and Mrs. John Dixon, Eastern National Park & Monument Assoc., Robert Eckley, Shirley Small Edwards, Lenore Farmer, Thomas Farrish, Jack Gaffigan, Harold Gross, Clifford Hope, Jr.,Dr. Todd Janus, Professor and Mrs. Robert Johannsen, Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Kausler, Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Lennon, Lincoln Community High School Social Science Department (Leza Alig, Mike Benton, D. Mark Huddelston, Stephen Sauer, Ruth Sloot and Joe Vasquez), Lincoln Community High School students (Nitashia Brown, Joshua Fulk, Becca Geamley, Jeff Jones, Kris Largellier, Allison Leonard, Amanda McDougall, Kyle Pepperell, Sean Rawlins, and Laura Shelley), Patricia Logan, John Lupton, Kevin Lust, Stacy McDermott, The Honorable Richard Mills, James Myers, Georgia Northrup, Donald Rydgren, Stephen and Donna Sauer and family, Christopher Schnell, Mr. & Mrs. William Shepherd, Mr. & Mrs. F. John Taylor, John Trutter, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. VanMeter, James A. Walde, Robert Wernle, The Honorable and Mrs. Harlington Wood, Jr., and Michael Zecher.


The Next Task

Early in December staff members completed the final proofing and testing of the electronic edition. Editor Martha Benner supervised this intricate work, and then transmitted the data to a software manufacturer, to produce the master and duplicate copies. She also worked closely with officials at the University of Illinois Press on matters of design, production, packaging, and marketing. During this year she will continue work related to the DVD-ROM edition.

Once their work on the electronic edition had ended, all six other members of the editorial staff immediately turned to the second and final publication, a companion book edition of selected cases. As this newsletter goes to press, they are busy meeting in marathon sessions to carefully pick approximately 50 cases (one per cent of the total) that represent as many aspects of Lincolnís legal caseload as possible. Daniel Stowell is conducting this deliberative process, which early in the new year will identify the cases that editors then can begin transcribing, editing,4 and researching. Work will proceed simultaneously on all four volumes, leading to publication by the University of Illinois Press in 2006.

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