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Thomas Lincoln Casey completed the Washington Monument

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Thomas Lincoln Casey and his son Edward Pearce Casey transformed Washington D.C. with their work on iconic buildings including the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. More than 40,500 pages from their professional and personal papers (part of the larger Casey Family Papers Collection) provide fascinating insight into Washington politics and the private lives of this powerful New England family.

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Historic New England is grateful to the DIY History at the University of Iowa’s Digital Library and the Smithsonian Transcription Center for help in assembling these tips.

Common Civil War abbreviations found in the Casey Family Papers

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Transcriptions are powered by Scripto, an open source tool enabling community transcriptions of document and multimedia files created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.