First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan To Present Documentary Edition Of Lincoln's Law Practice To Library Of Congress
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2000
WASHINGTON, D.C., -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan on Friday will
present the Library of Congress with the first electronic copy of the
most comprehensive examination of Abraham Lincoln’s legal career
Mrs. Ryan will present the first DVD-ROM copy of "The Law
Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition" to Dr.
James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, at a special ceremony at
11 a.m. at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The DVD set was
purchased by businessman Don Jones and will be donated to the Library
"I am pleased and proud to present this unprecedented body
of Lincoln research to one of the world’s finest libraries,"
Mrs. Ryan said. "This is a work of international significance,
and one which will also find a home in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library that will be built in Springfield."
The DVD-ROM is the pinnacle of more than 15 years of research by
The Lincoln Legal Papers, a project that has intensively researched
Lincoln’s legal career and gained world-wide acclaim for shedding
light on this previously little-known aspect of Lincoln’s life.
The DVD-ROM edition will be unveiled during a demonstration at 2 p.m.
Friday at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site in Springfield.
"The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln" contains more
than 5,600 cases and legal matters, nearly 100,000 documents with nearly
250,000 pages, as well as a comprehensive reference section. The publication
makes available for the first time the full documentation of the cases
and legal actions in which Lincoln participated.
The DVD-ROM edition will be an invaluable resource for Lincoln
researchers, social and legal historians, and genealogists. It will
allow users to search for cases by case name, participant, date, court,
legal action, or subject. Documents may be searched by type, date, author
In addition to shedding light on the significance of Lincoln’s
law practice, the DVD-ROM edition will allow users to trace the formation
of Illinois’ court system, research legal history and the development
of law, and discover antebellum social history through court records.
The edition’s reference section will help users to understand the
law and its practice at the time, the locale, and the people who were
Abraham Lincoln’s peers and clients.
"The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary
Edition" may be ordered for $2,000 per set by contacting the University
of Illinois Press or by calling The Lincoln Legal Papers at (217) 785-9130.
The Lincoln Legal Papers was created in 1985 under the auspices
of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to reconstruct from all
surviving sources the complete documentary record of Lincoln’s
25-year legal career and to publish their findings.
The Abraham Lincoln Association and the University of Illinois at Springfield
Center for Legal Studies are co-sponsors of the project. Lincoln Legal
Papers staff traveled to 88 Illinois counties, many other states, and
the Library of Congress as they traced Lincoln’s law practice.
Staff located nearly 230 previously unknown documents written or signed
by Lincoln, as well as 100,000 documents relating to 5,600 cases Lincoln
or his law partners handled between 1836 and 1861. A selective four-volume
printed edition will be available by 2006.