The National Endowment for the Humanities Funds the Papers of Abraham Lincoln

72118-last_lincolnDonald Trump’s current budget proposal will eliminate government funding for the humanities.  This means that local communities and American citizens will need to come up with other ways to fund programs like this:

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency publishes the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.  This is a “long-term project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his entire lifetime (1809-1865).”

In 2015 the National Endowment for the Humanities provided funding for the preparation for online publication of materials from the pre-congressional career of Lincoln .  Here is a short press release:

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project has received a $400,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will allow more documents about Lincoln’s congressional career to be placed online.

The new three-year grant is the largest the Papers of Abraham Lincoln has received from the NEH. It comes in the form of $100,000 in outright funds and $300,000 in matching funds.

“NEH is proud to support programs that illuminate the great ideas and events of our past, broaden access to our nation’s many cultural resources, and open up for us new ways of understanding the world in which we live,” said William Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The grant covers the period from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019. It will support the salaries of editors who are working through the documentation of Abraham Lincoln’s early life and career. These staff members, along with other editors, will focus on the markup, annotation and review of Lincoln’s legislation, correspondence and speeches during his single term in Congress (1847-1849). 

Because most of this offer comes in the form of a matching grant, the Papers of Abraham Lincoln must raise at least $100,000 a year from private sources to match the amount offered by the NEH. Thus, the NEH award effectively doubles each private donation from friends and supporters of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. 

“This grant represents an affirmation of the importance of our project,” said Director and Editor Daniel W. Stowell. “NEH support validates the progress we have made thus far and encourages private support of the exciting work remaining before us.”

Read more about this grant here.

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