01 January 2013
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
At 14.00 EST today (19.00 GMT here in London) bells will ring out in churches, universities, and other organisations in Massachusetts to mark the moment when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year's Day, 1863. Sadly we don't have any bells to ring but we're providing a link to the Library's copy of the Leland-Boker Authorized Edition of the Emancipation Proclamation (1864), recently released as part of our US Civil War digitisation project. The signatures at the foot are in the hands of Abraham Lincoln, John Nicolay (Private Secretary to the President) and William Seward (Secretary of State).
There's more about the Proclamation on our Americas Collections Highlights pages, and it's available on Images Online. The original proclamation is in the National Archives in Washington. The Smithsonian also provides an introduction.
And a very Happy New Year to everyone!