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Lincolniana at Brown

The Lincoln Collection at Brown University has a rather interesting story, and it all started back in the fall of 1855. John Milton Hay arrived in September of that year to start his education at Brown, and he would go on to a distinguished career in public service, including a stint as President Abraham Lincoln's private secretary. In the early 20th century, Andrew Carnegie offered to pay half of the cost of a new library building on campus, with the provision that Brown named the structure after Hay. The school agreed to the terms, and in 1920, the university also acquired the McLellan Collection, which was one of the most extensive Lincoln collections in the world. Some of the items from the collection have been digitized and placed online here, courtesy of the Center for Digital Initiatives. The materials are divided into five primary areas, including "Graphics", "Objects", and "Sheet Music". Visitors can browse each section at their leisure, and they will find many items of note. Even the most casual visitor will love the "Objects" area, as it contains 3D views of a Lincoln character jug, and a piece of scrimshaw with an engraving of Lincoln on it.
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