An Iron Mountain truck parked with Abraham Lincoln's portrait on it

Protect and Preserve

Living Legacy: The Papers of Abraham Lincoln

One of the collections Iron Mountain’s Living Legacy initiative supports is The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a long-term documentary editing project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the project has already located nearly one hundred thousand documents from Lincoln’s legal and legislative careers, his personal and political life, and his Presidency.

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Iron Mountain’s Living Legacy Initiative is dedicated to preserving critical cultural and heritage information so that we may better understand ourselves and the world around us. Supporting projects and organizations like The Papers of Abraham Lincoln allows us to fulfill this mission, providing them with the expertise and support they need to implement the policies, processes and resources needed to safeguard their collections and advance their mission of preservation and education.

As president during the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and his correspondents generated tens of thousands of documents. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is assembling a vast archive of high-resolution images from hundreds of repositories and private collections all over the United States and the world. By transcribing and contextualizing each document, the project will make them accessible to a worldwide audience eager to learn more about this pivotal leader during a decisive period in American and world history.

The Gettysburg Address
emancipation proclamation
emancipation proclamation

Drawing from the company’s 60-year history and expertise in protecting, preserving and managing the critical information of more than 220,000 customers the world over, the Living Legacy initiative is able to provide nonprofit agencies, museums and other organizations with critical support. It does so by offering financial support and information management services to help support key projects that match the company’s commitment to preservation and accessibility.

The Lincoln memorial

In addition to the papers, Iron Mountain has worked with CyArk, an international nonprofit organization that uses 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry, and traditional survey techniques to create an online, 3D library of the world’s cultural heritage sites, such as the Lincoln Memorial.

hand written Lincoln papers
hand written Lincoln papers

So far, Iron Mountain has provided the Papers of Abraham Lincoln with an archive of all of their Lincoln images which totals approximately 35 terabytes of storage. This is nearly 500,000 images, since each document is on average 5 pages in length.