The first doctor to reach President Abraham Lincoln after he was shot in a Washington theater rushed to his ceremonial box and found him paralyzed, comatose and leaning against his wife. Dr. Charles Leale ordered brandy and water to be brought immediately.

Leale’s long-lost report of efforts to help the mortally wounded president, written just hours after his death, was discovered in a box at the National Archives late last month.


Three years ago, a Chicago man found historic documents in an abandoned house and took them to a rare books dealer. The papers and books belonged to Richard T. Greener, a 19th century black intellectual, who was the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University. (via Discovery Sparks Interest In Forgotten Black Scholar : NPR)

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The Memory Salvage Project

When Japanese defense forces cleared debris from the 2011 tsunami, they came across 750,000 photographs that they collected and saved.

Now a group of volunteers called the Memory Salvage Project is cleaning and restoring each photo, one by one.

Images: Stills from a video by the Discovery Channel. Click through to watch.

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