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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — A bucket brigade of public officials has transferred Mary Todd Lincoln’s insanity hearing record from court vaults to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.

Next will come a public re-examination of her hearing to see if she should have been committed to a psychiatric hospital in 1885.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, a state commission sought use the 135-year-old records as background for the mock retrial. That meant a court order to Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, who transferred the age yellowed papers to Illinois Secretary of State and State Archivist Jesse White, who delivered them to the custody of Lincoln Library director Eileen Mackevich.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody Reports

At the Daley Center courthouse, Brown displayed the documents, which are protected by chemically inert plastic sleeves.

There are 16 court pleadings and 39 expense vouchers, including a petition by Mary’s…

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