The Lincoln Legal Papers
A Documentary History of the Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, 1836-1861
A Project of
Abraham Lincoln Association
University of Illinois at Springfield
Daniel W. Stowell, Director/Editor; John A. Lupton, Associate Director/
Associate Editor; Stacy Pratt McDermott, Assistant Editor; Christopher
A. Schnell, Assistant Editor; Kelley B. Clausing, Research Associate; Erika
Nunamaker, Research Associate; Carmen Morgan, Secretary; Robert
Crosby, Graduate Assistant.
This project has been supported by grants from the National
Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency, and
the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
How You Can Help:
•By advising project staff of known or reported Lincoln legal documents
in your locality. We are seeking photocopies of any document, record, letter,
contemporary printed account, or after-the-fact recollection that relates to
Abraham Lincoln’s entire law practice, 1836-1861.
•By making a tax-deductible donation to the Abraham Lincoln Association
in support of the project. Such gifts provide crucial support in furtherance
of the project’s objectives.
Please address inquiries and gifts to:
The Lincoln Legal Papers
#1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701-1512
Phone: (217) 785-9130 Fax: (217) 524-6973
Printed by authority of the State of Illinois (3.8M—09-07)
editor of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, and
Gary Ecelbarger, author of a biography of Logan,
also participated in the panel discussion.
Daniel Stowell, Associate Director John
Lupton, Chris Schnell, and Assistant Editor Stacy
McDermott took part in a series of interviews with
WILL-TV in Champaign, Illinois, in preparation for
a documentary about Abraham Lincoln. The film,
which will appear in brief segments on the public
television station’s Prairie Fire program, will air in
February 2009, as part of the celebration of the
200th anniversary of
This fall, Robert
Crosby began his
tenure as the project’s
new graduate assistant.
He is a graduate student
in the history department
at the University of
Illinois at Springfield.
Crosby’s research focus
is on Illinois history and
nineteenth-century America. He plans to write a
thesis on Illinois Whigs. Raised on air force bases
across the country and in Guam, Crosby settled in
Carbondale, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor’s
degree in history from Southern Illinois University
in 2002. He and his wife Leslie reside in Springfield.
NEWS (continued from page 3) Project Moves to New Offices
In August, the Papers of Abraham Lincoln moved
into office space in the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library, located on north Sixth Street in
downtown Springfield. Offices in the lower level of
the Old State Capitol building had served as the
project’s base since 1990. The new offices in the
library (pictured below) put project staff in closer
proximity to the library’s Lincoln collection and other
manuscript, newspaper, and book collections
necessary for daily research and writing tasks.
The relocation took place during a busy
summer of staff travel, so secretary Carmen Morgan
organized and coordinated the move of the office
contents of eight staff members and seventeen years
worth of files, books, periodicals, and other research
materials. Thanks to Morgan, we are now settled in a
suite of offices with windows overlooking beautiful
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