[ISHMap-List] Lincoln Presidential Library to preserve 19th-century maps

Tony Campbell tonycampbellockendon at gmail.com
Sat Jan 25 17:51:28 CET 2014

      Head of Lincoln Presidential Library announces preservation of
      documents, maps

Amber Ruch on KFVS12, 24 January

"Irreplaceable Illinois maps and photographs are being preserved for 
generations to come thanks to money raised by special presentations on 
legal history produced by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and 
Museum [Springfield, Illinois] and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic 
Preservation Commission.

The presidential library will be able to restore five extremely rare 
maps that are deteriorating badly. One is an 1879 map of the state that 
apparently can be found nowhere else.

Another is a map of Sangamon County from 1858 that lists more than 5,000 
landowners – in effect, a list of the people interacting with Abraham 
Lincoln as he rose to national prominence. A Pike County map from 1860 
shows New Philadelphia, the first town in America to be legally 
established by an African-American ..."

I cannot vouch for the maps' rarity but the two illustrations certainly 
indicate a restoration need.

Tony Campbell


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