Thank you for your question. As you suggest, this type of material would not be a good fit for the By the People project, which is focused on using crowdsourcing to transcribe original manuscripts held at the Library of Congress. You can read more about this project on the By the People website (About).
The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress is the custodian of a small collection of Jefferson Davis’s papers (625 items) although his correspondence is found in many of our collections, including the Confederate States of America Records and the papers of Jubal Anderson Early, which are available online.
Please feel free to contact the Manuscript Reading Room directly via Ask a Librarian with any questions about our collections or our collecting policies. Best wishes,
The link to Ask a Librarian is broken, but I'll try to find it via the website. Thanks.
I have transcribed this, and since I asked this question several other speeches by Stephen Douglas as printed in the New York Times, because I'm working on an essay about the 1860 election and the events that led to splitting the Democratic ticket and giving the election to Abraham Lincoln with less than 40% of the popular vote (the basic thesis being that the Slave Power elected Lincoln when their delegates walked out of the Democratic conventions and refused to back Douglas for what were, from their perspective and goals, spurious reasons). I know what I'm writing is not of interest to the Library of Congress, but the sources I have dug up may be if these are not already in the collection.
I think I fixed the link but your correct, it's the same Ask a Librarian feature that is on the Manuscript Reading Room's website. Thanks for letting me know. Best,
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