Notes of rare Lincoln photo to be donated

SPRINGFIELD - A retired historian who discovered a photograph of a dead Abraham Lincoln will donate the notes he took on the photo to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Ronald Rietveld, 76, discovered the only known photograph of Abraham Lincoln in his open coffin.  Rietveld found the photo in Springfield when he was just 14, when a state historian allowed him to look through a collection of Lincoln items.

Rietveld will hand over the notes he took of the photograph to the museum on Tuesday. 

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