February 12, 2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The University of Delaware Library will observe this historic anniversary with a major exhibition, “Abraham Lincoln: A Bicentennial Celebration” will be on view in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery of the Morris Library of the University of Delaware from Tuesday, January 27, 2009, through Friday, June 5, 2009. The exhibition, which is co-curated by Iris Snyder, Associate Librarian, and Timothy Murray, Head of Special Collections, will be drawn from the Library's extensive Lincoln Collection of documents, books, photographs, and memorabilia and will focus on all aspects of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.
“The exhibition will be an important part of the Delaware-wide celebration of the birth of the sixteenth president which is being coordinated by the Delaware State Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission,” observed Dr. Daniel Rich, Provost.
The Bicentennial Commission was established by an Act of the General Assembly, sponsored by Representative Wayne Smith and Senator Nancy Cook, and signed into law by Governor Ruth Ann Minner on July 10, 2006. Details about the Bicentennial Commission’s activities may be found on the Commission’s official web site which is available at [http://lincoln200.delaware.gov/default.shtml]. A web version of “Abraham Lincoln: A Bicentennial Celebration” will be available on the University of Delaware Library web at [www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/].
About the Special Collections Department
Holdings of the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library include books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, and realia from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. The collections complement the Library's general collections with particular strengths in the subject areas of the arts; English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; horticulture; and history of science and technology.