Kudos to Helena Iles Papaioannou and our friends at The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project, on her discovery of the report of Army surgeon, Charles Leale, who attended Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination. Papaioannou was interviewed about the remarkable discovery on NPR last week.
The connection between the Washington University Libraries and The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project began last March, when members of the IMLS-funded St. Louis Freedom Suits Legal Encoding Project met with the director of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project, Dr. Daniel Stowell, to discuss the possibility of incorporating the legal encoding scheme for historical legal documents developed by the project into their legal documents collections.
Though still exploratory, project members have discussed the possibility of incorporating the legal encoding scheme in legal documents collections at the University of Richmond and the State Library of Tennessee as well. As the project winds up, we are turning our focus on working with organizations that hold collections of legal documents to explore the possibility of employing the encoding scheme in their collections, and welcome interest from any group that might also be interested in this possibilility.