January 19, 2022

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Wins Grant to Digitize Nearly 7,900 Lincoln Images

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL:

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is launching an ambitious new project to digitize thousands of rare and delicate Lincoln images so they can be preserved forever and shared worldwide.The “Picturing Lincoln” project has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. The images will be made available to the public through the office’s Illinois Digital Archives.


Picturing Lincoln will create digital versions of 7,896 individual items, from posters to photographs to stickers. The work will begin with hundreds of “broadsides,” or posters, such as the one announcing a $100,000 reward for President Lincoln’s killer.

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Other items to be digitized include a Lincoln family photo album, a schedule for the train carrying his body to Springfield for burial and the only surviving photograph of Lincoln’s body lying in state.


he next step in the project is to select a vendor to make digital images of the material. The scanning process is expected to start early in 2022. The images will be available in resolutions up to 600 dpi.

The Picturing Lincoln project will complement the presidential library and museum’s Papers of Abraham Lincoln, which is annotating and publishing all documents written by Lincoln or to him.

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