Experts to offer advice on Lincoln papers
Team will review Papers of Abraham Lincoln
project and provide suggestions to ALPLM executive director
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[March 23, 2017]
– Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum, announced Monday that a team of experts will
review the library’s Papers of Abraham Lincoln project and make
recommendations for the future of this vital initiative.
The goal of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln is to locate,
transcribe and publish every document written by or to Lincoln. Over
the past 17 years, the Papers project has located about 101,000
documents and is in the process of transcribing and editing them.
The next phase is to make the documents available to the public.
“The Papers of Abraham Lincoln has performed an incredible service
by tracking down documents that shed light on the life and legacy of
our 16th president. It is time to begin sharing this valuable work
with the rest of the world,” Lowe said. “We are now soliciting
advice from some of the nation’s top experts on the best way to
structure the Papers and publish its work.”
The team is being asked to consider issues such as the best digital
platform for publishing Lincoln’s papers, the project’s staffing
needs and the best organizational structure.
The goal is to have recommendations in hand by April 2017, allowing
time for the IHPA, ALPLM and the project’s co-sponsors to make
decisions about any changes by July 1, when the state of Illinois’
next fiscal year begins.
The Review and Planning Team consists of:
- Daniel Feller, director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson
project at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The project is
producing a series of 17 volumes of Jackson’s most important
papers and making them available digitally.
- Patrick Lewis, director and editor of the Civil War
Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition. This project
of the Kentucky Historical Society is annotating and posting
400,000 documents related to the state’s governors during the
- Susan Perdue, director of the Documents Compass program at
the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She advises a
variety of historical projects such as the Papers of Frederick
Douglass and is co-editor of “The Guide to Documentary Editing.”
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- Matthew Pinsker, director of Dickinson College’s House
Divided Project, a digital history project that provides 21st
century tools for teaching 19th century topics. He has published
two books and numerous articles on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil
- Jennifer Stertzer, director of the University of Virginia’s
Center for Digital Editing and senior editor for the Papers of
George Washington Digital Edition, overseeing the conversion of
62 print volumes into a single online edition.
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln began in 1985 as the Lincoln
Legal Papers Project, dedicated to finding all surviving records
from Lincoln’s legal career. When that work was finished, the
mission was broadened in 2000 to finding all Lincoln documents.
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is run by the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency through its Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum division. It is co-sponsored by the
University of Illinois at Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library]