The document, penned by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, was found in a closet at Lycoming College and is believed to be worth more than $6,000.
Retiring President James Douthat, who found the document when he was cleaning out his closet, according to The Associated Press. The document was a certificate naming the college’s founder.
“When I took it down, of course I recognized Lincoln’s signature immediately,” he said. “I assume it was in the top of the closet 24 years ago,” Douthat added. “I had never seen it.”
College officials told AP they knew the document was in their possession but was not sure where it was located.
“It was (initially) discovered a while ago,” associate dean and library director Janet McNeil Hurlbert told AP. “And then it got … put someplace else for a while.”