“150 Years After Lincoln Assassination, Massive Online Archive in the Works”
As the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination approaches, a massive digital archive is in the works that will be home to more than 100,000 documents related to the Civil War-era commander-in-chief.
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a project of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and it is co-sponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln Association. The project is dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime.
To date, the the project has collected 99,525 documents, of which more than 67,000 have been stored on about 40TB of storage on servers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The archive is expected to grow by another 50% over the next five years, and storage vendor Iron Mountain will eventually take over the data storage requirements when the archive is completed.
Stacy Pratt McDermott, assistant director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, said the university is now allowing public access to the digitalized documents through a temporary website that offers few features. When the project is completed in two to four years, a more sophisticated site will offer acedemic researchers and history buffs in-depth search features.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.