During the 1858 campaign for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln compiled a scrapbook of his debates with Stephen A. Douglas that he titled “Illinois Political Campaign of 1858.” Lincoln used Chicago Republican newspaper transcripts for his speeches and Chicago Democratic newspaper transcripts for Douglas’s. Lincoln then edited these materials in his own hand and provided brief headnotes in preparation for the publication of the debates in 1860. The Library of Congress holds this manuscript in the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana and produced a facsimile in 1958, but now scholars can access such materials online in a way that probably represents the future of such photographic reproductions.
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