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Volunteers bring Lincoln papers into online age

“On the third floor of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, a half-dozen regular volunteers spend hour after hour in cubicles typing away on aged computers, history buffs on a mission to make researching the nation’s 16th president a lot easier. While there’s no shortage of books and grad school dissertations on Lincoln — treatises on him have become an industry in Springfield — doing the work presents a challenge. The source documents are handwritten letters more than 150 years old. Not exactly word search-friendly. So a group of historians has embarked on a yearslong project to make the words that came out of Lincoln’s pen more searchable online.” (via

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