Last week the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections hosted Jim and Sean Conant, a father and son documentary film team, who are making a movie about their quest to visit the five known copies of the Gettysburg Address in Abraham Lincoln’s handwriting. They have visited the Library of Congress, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, the Lincoln bedroom at the White House, and now Ithaca. The Cornell University Library has what is considered the fourth copy of the Address — the Bancroft Copy, named for U.S. historian, George Bancroft.
There is also a Boston Globe news article about their endeavors. (Please note, however, that the Globe incorrectly states that Cornell has the Everett copy of the Address.)
Several Cornellians were interviewed and filmed by the Conants during their visit, including me. It was a pleasure working on this project with them. I can’t wait to see the film when it is released in November, just in time for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln delivering his speech.