Papers of Abraham Lincoln receives ‘AWS in Education Grant’ to store images in secure environment
September 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announced today that Amazon Web Services has awarded the Papers of Abraham Lincoln an “AWS in Education Grant” of $24,000 in storage services. This will allow the Papers of Abraham Lincoln to store more than 35 terabytes of master image files in a secure environment.
For the past decade, the staff of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln has been collecting images of documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln from repositories and private collections around the world. The project has scanned more than 90,000 documents from more than 400 repositories and 180 private collections in 47 states and 5 foreign countries thus far. The archive will likely top 150,000 documents when complete.
From 2006 to 2013, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign housed the growing archive of master image files. The retirement of their Mass Storage System has forced the project to look for a new storage solution for its 35 terabytes of files. (Thirty-five terabytes is roughly equivalent to a digital music file that would play non-stop for 68 years, or to 10.8 million photographs.)
Letter from clergyman recommends female journalist who ended up covering the Lincoln White House
July 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD –The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a research project based at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, has identified a previously unknown Lincoln document in Switzerland. The document is a letter of introduction for a female journalist written by famous clergyman Henry Ward Beecher and includes a note from the president at the bottom.
The document came to light as a result of global contacts made by the Papers of Abraham Lincoln during its search for any document written by or to the 16th president. One of those contacts, Tim Verhoeven, a Lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, remembered seeing what he thought was a Lincoln document while doing research in Switzerland. He sent a digital image to the experts in Springfield, who then contacted the Bibliothèque de Genève. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln was able to confirm the two-page letter as a previously unknown Lincoln document.
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.
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.
Support from Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation allows digitization of Springfield newspaper to continue
December 10, 2012
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.