LINCOLN, Abraham, 1809-1865

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Guide to Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1832-1865. 2 feet.
Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, photographs, portraits, and memorabilia. Manuscripts only a portion of the larger collection which contains over 10,000 books titles, 1,000 broadsides, 1,000 prints, and any medium which portrays Lincoln or comments on his life. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 3 letters and an unspecified number of documents.

Boston University
Boston, MA
Papers: Edward Carlton Stone collection of Lincoln letters, 1860-1865. 95 items.
Indexed in library’s card catalog. Restricted.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: 6 items of official correspondence (1861-1864) and 7 miscellaneous documents (1858-1911).
Finding aid in repository.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: McLellan Lincoln collection, 1789-1939. 1,678 items.
Correspondence, documents, and other papers. Published description. Also photocopies and microfilm of originals in other collections.

Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Quincy-Hill-Phillips-Treadwell papers,1699-1969, 2 file boxes (0.83 linear foot).
Correspondents include Abraham Lincoln.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: ca. 500 items (1860-1934) in the John Wesley Hill collection.

Detroit Public Library
Burton Historical Collection
Detroit, MI
Papers: In Edgar De Witt Jones papers, 1844-1955. ca. 1,090 items.
In part photocopies or facsimiles of Lincoln correspondence. Card index in library.

Duke University Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In U.S. Presidents’ papers, 1753-1935. 202 items.
Card index in library.

Georgetown University Library
Washington, DC
Papers: David Rankin Barbee papers, 1886-1956. 25 feet.
Focus on events leading up to assassination and on people near the event. Finding aid in library.

Papers: E.H. Swaim collection, 1893-1980. 7 feet.
Focus on career of John Wilkes Booth after assassination. Finding aid in library.

Papers: Eugene Boss collection.
Especially political ephemera, signed documents, and autographs.

Papers: Lincoln collection of Earl Kubicek.
Printed books, pamphlets, journal issues, and other items.

Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: Lincoln file, 1811-1922. 1,275 items.
Artificially assembled collection of Lincolniana written to, by, or about Lincoln, including much about his legal practice and business matters.

Illinois State Archives
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1832-1861.
Legislative material, documents and correspondence, and family-related items, all related to his service in state legislature. Index in repository.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 14 scattered letters and documents.

Knox College Archives
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1843-1855. ca. 10 items.
Reports of legal cases in Springfield, in which Lincoln served as an attorney. Finding aid in repository.

Papers: 1830-1865, 20th century. 2 feet.
Transcripts and photocopies of letters and documents by or about Lincoln concerning his legal and political career. Also printed material. Unpublished calendar in repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1774-1948. 48 linear feet (221 containers).
The papers of Abraham Lincoln include Lincoln’s first and second inaugural addresses, his preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, the two earliest known copies of the Gettysburg Address (the Nicolay and Hay copies), his August 23, 1864, memorandum expressing his expectation of being defeated for re-election in the upcoming presidential contest, and a condolence letter written to Mary Todd Lincoln by Queen Victoria following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. The Lincoln Papers are characterized by a large number of correspondents, including friends and associates from Lincoln’s Springfield days, well-known political figures and reformers, and local people and organizations writing to their president. A finding aid is available online.

Papers: Herndon-Weik collection of Lincolniana, ca. 1830-1927. 36 containers.
Partial calendar. Register. Also on microfilm (15 reels).

Papers: Subject collection (birth), 1894-1946. 8 items.

Papers: Subject collection (centennial), 1909. 1 item.

Papers: In Mary Todd Lincoln collection, 1861-1909.
19 items.

Papers: 1831-1866. 1 reel of microfilm.
Originals in Huntington Library.

Papers: 1838-1934. 2 reels of microfilm.
Originals in New York Public Library.

Library of Congress
Rare Book Division
Washington, DC
Papers: The Alfred Whital Stern collection of Lincolniana, 1837-1912. Over 11,100 items.
The Alfred Whital Stern collection of Lincolniana includes contemporary newspapers, Lincoln’s law papers, sheet music, broadsides, prints, cartoons, maps, drawings, letters, campaign tickets, and other ephemeral items. There are over 1,300 items and 4,000 images from this collection available online.

Lincoln Memorial University
Department of Lincolniana
Harrogate, TN
Papers: 1838-1864. ca. 50 items.
Includes correspondence, documents, and law briefs.

Lincoln National Life Foundation
Fort Wayne, IN
Papers: Manuscript materials by, about, or associated with Lincoln, including over 100 letters and autographs.

Missouri Historical Society
St. Louis, MO
Papers: 1839-1947. ca. 200 items.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1860-1865. 137 items.

New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1849-1865. 52 items.
Photocopies of originals privately owned. Inventory in library.

Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: 1861-1865. 1/4 foot.

Princeton University Libraries
Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the Andre deCoppet collection, 1566-1942. ca. 3,700 items.

Union College
Abigail E. Weeks Memorial Library
Barbourville, KY
Papers: Unknown quantity of material dealing with Lincoln and Union College.

University of Chicago Library
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1608-1918. 2 feet. Lincoln historical collection.
Papers relating to Lincoln and his family, including genealogical material, documents, and letters; together with papers of leaders and participants in affairs before, during, and after the Civil War. In part photocopies. Indexed.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library Michigan Historical Collections
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1856, 1864. 3 items.

University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1856-1865. 22 letters.
Part of Schoff Civil War collection.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland, OH
Papers: 1841-1870. 237 items.
Letters and documents to, from, and about Lincoln.