Grant Funds Effort to Digitize Lincoln-Era Papers
A new grant of nearly $33,000 is funding efforts like digitizing a Springfield newspaper that was key to Abraham Lincoln's political career. It was first known as the Sangamo Journal, then the Illinois State Journal. Today, we know it as The State Journal Register, or SJ-R.
The transformation is slow and expensive.
"We began with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize the period from 1834 to 1842, when Lincoln was a state legislator," Daniel Stowell, editor of the papers of Abraham Lincoln, said. "And this new grant from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation is going to allow us to continue that digitization process into the 1840s and 1850s."
More issues will soon be available for free with searchable text through the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection at the University of Illinois.