Presidential Library seeking public's help in transcribing project

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SPRINGFIELD - The Abraham Presidential Library and Museum is offering the public a chance to participate in a project that aims to transcribe 30,000 pages of Civil War-era documents.

According to library officials, the library's Center for Digital Initiative has set up a website that allows the public to view papers written by Richard Yates Sr., the governor of Illinois during the Civil War.  Visitors may then create an account that would allow them to transcribe the documents for researchers and historians to use in the future.

A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission helped to digitize all 30,000 pages, which span the Yates Family Papers and the Richard Yates (Wabash College) Papers.  Officials say the documents provide a unique insight into the day-to-day activities in Illinois during the Civil War.

Among Yates' correspondents were General William T. Sherman, General Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

If you would like to participate in this project, visit www.ChroniclingIllinois.org.

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