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SHAPELL MANUSCRIPT FOUNDATION
603 primary source manuscripts
Releasing thousands of manuscripts as the digitization process continues; sharing stories from the human aspect of history.
"...the skies look bright. What clouds may hereafter rise, we know not."
"...bestially murdered my than half of my Jewish brethren..."
"We are confident of victory....I hope this Battle will end the war."
"...Presidents & Congress have 'reaffirmed' the solemn promise..."
“...at times it seems almost more than I can bear..."
The Stories Behind the History
Discover the personal motivations and untold intrigues behind the stories that have shaped history.
"Jefferson’s contributions...are not as widely known as they should be"
Lincoln's surprisingly prolific relationships with Jewish citizens
How important is military service for the Commander in Chief?
The toughest job in the U.S. is also the deadliest
Charting Lincoln's interpersonal relationships with the Jewish community
April 14, 1865
Eyewitness Accounts and Physicians Reports
Day In History
President John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961. This letter from him wishes the Peace Corps volunteer good luck on the upcoming entrance exams. Image: JFK with Peace Corps; NARA. Discover more on Day in History.
A microcosm of the American story, the Civil War was a crucible for the Jewish community. The Shapell Roster and its accompanying research exemplify the experiences of that period and illuminate the social, political, and religious struggles of the time.