1. Creator/Author:
  2. Ed Mendel (1)

Facsimile of Emancipation Proclamation

Creator:
Ed Mendel
Location:
Chicago, Illinois
Origin Date:
1863
Materials:
paper, print
Measurements:
overall: 38 1/4 in x 31 1/2 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0540
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Manuscripts & Documents

Description

This lithograph is a facsimile of the final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation written by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. President Lincoln donated the original document to the Northwestern Sanitary Fair in Chicago in 1863 to be sold to raise money for medical support of the soldiers. Thomas B. Bryan bought the document for $3000 and in turn donated it to the Soldiers' Home in Chicago. He sold facsimile copies of the document to fund the United States Sanitary Commission and also to fund the Soldiers' Home in Chicago. In the center beneath the title is a facsimile of the letter written by President Lincoln to the"Ladies having in charge of the North Western Fair" to accompany the document. To the left of the letter is a portrait of President Lincoln. To the right of the letter is the logo for The Soldiers' Home. Beneath the facsimile of the document is the statement of the purpose for the sale of the facsimiles signed by Thomas B. Bryan, President of The Soldier's Home, Chicago, Illinois. To the left of the statement is the official seal of authenticity with the statement above it reading "Every genuine copy has the Proclamation Seal attached immediately hereunder." Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum