• About the Work

    Owned by the state of Illinois, this copy of the 13th Amendment was painstakingly restored in our lab. As one of only a handful of copies of the amendment to be signed by Abraham Lincoln and most of the congressmen who voted in favor of it, this important document demanded careful research and handling in its treatment. Our conservators humidified and restored the vellum document to reduce its extensive wrinkling and make the document legible once again.