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For Presidents Day…Why Not Read Lincoln’s Mail?

Our very own Michelle Krowl and special guest. Photo: Shawn Miller.

When President Abraham Lincoln (in the form of George Buss of Illinois) recently visited the Manuscript Division, Civil War specialist Michelle Krowl put him to work reviewing transcriptions in the Letters to Lincoln crowdsourcing campaign.

Mr. Lincoln did his part, and now you can too!

To commemorate Lincoln’s birthday and Presidents Day, the By the People team has issued a challenge to the public: finish the remaining pages needing review in the 1865-1889 group by February 21. The sooner this section is completed, the sooner these transcriptions can be made available for keyword searching, reading, and downloading through the online Lincoln Papers. Feel free to review other pages needing review in the Letters to Lincoln campaign, especially if we reach the goal early!

With every page you review, you contribute to the accessibility of Lincoln’s papers to scholars everywhere — and get a glimpse into Lincoln’s world to boot.

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