Library Prepares for Priceless Lincoln Collection

By WISE Web News

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 9, 2009 at 11:59 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--Allen County Library officials are wrapping up preparations for the library’s new role as caretaker of the contents of the former Fort Wayne Lincoln Museum.

Officials say the priceless collection of Lincoln documents and manuscripts will be moved from the museum to its new home in the downtown library some time in late May. The documents make up the world’s largest privately held collection of Lincoln papers. The library has completed the remodeling necessary to care for the collection.

The most sensitive papers will be stored in a special, climate-controlled vault. Lincoln scholars and researchers will view those documents in the adjacent Fine Book Room, which will also hold volumes from the Lincoln research library.

The library’s other mission is to create a website that will display much of the collection. “So we're going to set about literally digitizing, scanning and making available on the web as much of this collection as possible”, says Genealogy Center manager Curt B. Witcher. “Our goal is 100%. This collection's going to have such a high profile and what a neat thing for the ACPL, to take the point of bringing this collection to the world.”

The library is expected to announce in June when the collection will officially be open to the public.

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