Friday, January 09, 2009
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Lincoln's legal papers now available online

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[January 09, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- The documents associated with one of America's greatest legal minds, who also happened to be our 16th president, are now available online.

HardwareThe Papers of Abraham Lincoln has published online a free second edition of its award-winning publication "The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln." Encompassing all of the documents and information from "The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition," published in 2000 on three DVD-ROMs by the University of Illinois Press, this new publication includes additional information based on the research conducted for the project's four-volume print edition published in 2008.

"‘The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, Second Edition' demonstrates the great potential that electronic publications have to broaden and to revolutionize the study of Lincoln," said Daniel W. Stowell, project director. "Now, scholars, students, genealogists and the general public worldwide have access to the record of Abraham Lincoln's legal career, with all of the issues and people involved in that important part of his life."


"The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, Second Edition," available at, features the same user-friendly features of the original DVD-ROM and adds new documents and cases discovered since the original publication in 2000. Included in the second edition are 45 new cases from Lincoln's law practice, 12 new activities that did not result in litigation and nearly 1,300 new documents. In addition, the editors have replaced more than 1,500 black-and-white images of documents with more legible color images based on the continuing work of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.

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Although the original publication was widely available in law libraries, colleges and universities across the nation, the second edition is freely available to users worldwide through the Internet.

Together with "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases," published in 2008 by the University of Virginia Press, "The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, Second Edition" completes Series I of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. Researchers and editors are currently at work on Series II: Illinois Papers and Series III: Presidential Papers.

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a project of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln Association serve as the project's co-sponsors.

[Text from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]


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