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The Shapell Manuscript Foundation is an independent educational organization dedicated to the research, collection, and exhibition of original manuscripts and historical documents.

The Foundation’s focus is on the histories of the United States and the Holy Land, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Its extensive holdings include American presidents, especially Abraham Lincoln; Mark Twain; Albert Einstein; Custer and the Little Big Horn; and Theodor Herzl.

The Foundation has partnered with both private and governmental institutions, such as the New-York Historical Society, Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the Morgan Library and Museum, the National Library of Israel, and various presidential and private libraries.