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Certain portions of the materials on the Lincoln/Net World Wide Web site are protected under copyright laws. These materials have been made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, but may not be used for any commercial purpose. Permission to make a single copy of any material on this website through print, photocopying, or downloading to a computer terminal is granted without the need to seek prior consent, on the express condition that you properly cite the source in all copies. (Please see the citation information below.)

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A Word About Historical Sources

The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project's Lincoln/Net World Wide Web site presents a large, searchable database of primary source materials from Lincoln's Illinois. Nevertheless, these materials make uponly a small fraction of the collections available in the libraries, museums and archives taking part in this project.

This project has grown from the original goal of making primary source materials available to individuals who are often unable to travel to these libraries, museums, and archives to take advantage of these resources. While scholars make use of these materials regularly, school children and members of the general public often do not. We hope that the Lincoln/Net site will increase public access to historical materials, especially in schools.

We also hope that this project will encourage students and other non-scholars to visit libraries, museums and archives to examine the vast amounts of historical materials that remain there, undigitized.