Donation of financial grants and in-kind services will support the digitization of Lincoln’s writings and creation of a digital archive for preservation and education
April 1, 2015
BOSTON & SPRINGFIELD, IL—Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the storage and information management company, today announced a new partnership with The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and cosponsored by the University of Illinois Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln Association, the project has already located nearly two hundred thousand documents from his legal and legislative careers, his personal and political life, and his Presidency.
The partnership, a combination of financial contributions and in-kind services, will help support the Papers’ efforts to acquire, archive and preserve the documentary record of Lincoln’s life and career. Iron Mountain’s funds will increase the number of researchers searching for and contextualizing Lincoln documents as well as develop a public interface to showcase important finds and help educate visitors. In addition, Iron Mountain will help build a long-term archival solution to safeguard the Papers’ data in perpetuity.
As president during the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and his correspondents generated tens of thousands of documents. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is assembling a vast archive of high-resolution images from hundreds of repositories and private collections all over the United States and the world. By transcribing and contextualizing each document, the project will make them accessible to a worldwide audience eager to learn more about this pivotal leader during a decisive period in American and world history. With 2015 marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, the Papers’ mission has taken on added significance, helping current and future generations continue to learn from, and be inspired by, his legacy as a lawyer, statesman, president, leader, father and husband.
“President Lincoln’s legacy as a statesman has marked him as one of the most important and influential leaders our country and the world have ever known,” said Dr. Daniel Stowell, director and editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. “He was also perhaps the most well-written, and written to, presidents in history, with thousands of personal and political documents, all of which tell the story of our country during one of the most important eras in our history. Our organization is dedicated to finding these documents, preserving them, and making them available for study. Iron Mountain’s support is meaningful for us beyond just the financial commitment. It is a true partnership, a union of two organizations dedicated to preservation and access of some of our most important cultural items so that we can continue to learn from, and be inspired by, what they represent.”
In the same way, Iron Mountain’s Living Legacy Initiative is dedicated to preserving critical cultural and heritage information so that we may better understand ourselves and the world around us. Drawing from the company’s 60-year history and expertise in protecting, preserving and managing the critical information of more than 156,000 customers the world over, the Living Legacy Initiative is able to provide nonprofit agencies, museums and other organizations with critical support. It does so by offering financial support and information management services to help support key projects that match the company’s commitment to preservation and accessibility.
“We launched the Living Legacy Initiative because we believe that everyone deserves equal access to the ideas and artifacts that compose our human experience, regardless of economic or geographic barriers,” said Ty Ondatje, senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Iron Mountain. “Supporting projects and organizations like The Papers of Abraham Lincoln allows us to fulfill this mission, providing them with the expertise and support they need to implement the policies, processes and resources needed to safeguard their collections and advance their mission of preservation and education. We’re proud to call them a partner and support the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.”
About The Papers of Abraham Lincoln
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a long-term documentary editing project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865). The project is administered through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and is cosponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield and by the Abraham Lincoln Association. Visit www.papersofabrahamlincoln.org to learn more.
About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company’s real estate network of over 67 million square feet across more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries allows it to serve customers with speed and accuracy. And its solutions for records management, data management, document management, and secure shredding help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information for business advantage. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.