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Center for Digital Initiatives 

The Center for Digital Initiatives works with the curatorial departments in the library and museum to develop and implement a comprehensive digitization plan to serve and expand the diverse user base of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  The Center identifies and digitizes specific collections within the Library and makes them available online to a worldwide audience.  The Center also seeks to integrate digital content into the visitor experience in the Museum.


Sangamo Journal / Illinois State Journal:  This online publication in cooperation with the Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents images and texts of the Whig/Republican newspaper in Springfield, Illinois, most associated with the political career and rise of Abraham Lincoln.  Currently online are issues from 1831 to 1859.  Ultimately, the Center will digitize all available issues from 1831 to 1865.

Chronicling Illinois:  This online publication includes images from many different collections within the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Manuscript Finding Aids: Finding aids for nearly 700 collections in the Manuscripts department. 
  • Photographic Collection: This sampling of thousands of images provides an introduction to the photographic riches of the Presidential Library’s collections in all aspects of Illinois history.
  • Music Collection:  This collection of sheet music, songsheets, and songbooks focuses on music about Abraham Lincoln and music published in Illinois in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Louise and Barry Taper Collection: This premier collection of Lincolniana includes original manuscripts, artifacts, prints, broadsides, newspapers, photographs, artwork and other ephemera associated with the life, family, and assassin of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Yates Family Papers: This collection focuses on the career of Richard Yates Sr. as the Civil War governor of Illinois.
  • Yates Wabash Collection: This collection of Richard Yates Sr. papers complements the Yates Family Papers and was donated to the Presidential Library by Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.