Gettysburg Address Displayed at Cornell University Library


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Gettysburg Address Displayed at Cornell University Library

ITHACA, N.Y. (Aug. 22, 2008) – Cornell University’s copy of the Gettysburg Address will be exhibited in Kroch Library from Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Aug. 29. The public is invited to see the famous address, which is one of only five copies that Abraham Lincoln wrote out in his own hand.

It will be on display in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, level 2B – between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Aug. 29. Visitors can come in the front door of Olin Library, Cornell’s main library, and walk through to Kroch to see the address.

Cornell owns a version known as the Bancroft copy, which the Library acquired in 1949. Diplomat and historian George Bancroft asked Lincoln for a handwritten copy of the address at a White House reception in February 1864, a few months after Lincoln delivered the speech commemorating one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles. Bancroft wanted to make copies of the speech to sell at a fundraiser to benefit wounded soldiers, and Lincoln agreed.

The display of the address corresponds with the selection for this year’s New Student Reading Project, Garry Willis’ “Lincoln at Gettysburg.” Stay tuned for more on Lincoln from Cornell University Library: In the fall of 2009, the public will be invited to view an exhibition celebrating his 200th birthday.

For more about the Bancroft copy, visit To learn more about “Lincoln at Gettysburg” and the New Student Reading project, visit

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