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Abraham Lincoln: A Resource Guide

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln.
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America's Library

Meet Amazing Americans: Abraham Lincoln

Designed for elementary and middle-school students, America's Library provides a variety of stories about Abraham Lincoln, including information about his youth, his sense of humor, and the contents of his pockets the night he was assassinated.

Jump Back in Time: Abolition in the District of Columbia

Jump Back in Time: Abraham Lincoln's Inauguration

Jump Back in Time: The Homestead Act Went Into Effect

Jump Back in Time: Lincoln Created the Montana Territory

Jump Back in Time: President Lincoln Delivered the Gettysburg Address

Jump Back in Time: The Assassination of President Lincoln

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find thousands of newspaper articles about Lincoln.

A selection of articles about Abraham Lincoln includes:



The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

This exhibition showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress. Displaying more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings. A section of the exhibition focuses on the Emancipation Proclamation.

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

The Gettysburg Address

Presents drafts of the Gettysburg Address and related documents.

From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America

The exhibition contains more than two hundred treasures of American Judaica from the collections of the Library of Congress. It features two letters concerning the Jewish vote that were sent to Lincoln on the eve of the 1864 presidential election. Also included are materials related to General Grant's Order No. 11, which expelled the "Jews as a class" from territories of Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

"I Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the Collections
of the Library of Congress

Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this online exhibition, including manuscripts and broadsides from Abraham Lincoln's first and second inaugurations.

With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition

This exhibition commemorates the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the nation’s revered sixteenth president. More than a chronological account of the life of Abraham Lincoln, the exhibition reveals Lincoln the man, whose thoughts, words, and actions were deeply affected by personal experiences and pivotal historic events.

Law Library of Congress

Lincoln and the Law

The Abraham Lincoln historical collection of the Law Library of Congress vividly illustrates three periods in which the law played a prominent part of the Lincoln era: Lincoln the Lawyer, Habeas Corpus and the War Powers of the President, and The Assassination: Trials. Each era includes the full text of several items from the Rare Book Collection of the Law Library of Congress.

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

Finding aids for the Abraham Lincoln Papers and the Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 to find digital images related to Lincoln, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase Abraham Lincoln to locate additional images.

Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865

A slide show of selected images of Abraham Lincoln.


The Library's daguerreotype collection consists of more than 725 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864, including two photographs of Abraham Lincoln and one of Mary Todd Lincoln.

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

A selection of images related to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln.

Rare Book & Special Collections Division

Digitized Materials from the Rare Book & Special Collections Division

The Teachers Page

Themed Resources - Abraham Lincoln

This site presents a compilation of online resources related to Abraham Lincoln for teachers and students. It also includes a primary source set containing images, letters, documents, a sound recording, and analysis tools to help teach about Lincoln's rise in national politics.

Today in History

February 9

On February 9, 1888, Walt Whitman penned a note to the publishers of The Riverside Literature Series No. 32 calling attention to mistakes in their recently printed version of his poem, "O Captain! My Captain!" Whitman originally wrote "O Captain! My Captain!" in response to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

March 4

On Monday, March 4, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office and delivered his first inaugural address.

April 14

Shortly after 10 P.M. on April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. and fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln.

April 16

On April 16, 1862, President Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, an important step in the long road toward full emancipation and enfranchisement for African Americans.

May 20

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862. The act provided settlers with 160 acres of surveyed public land after payment of a filing fee and five years of continuous residence.

June 30

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Valley Grant Act, Senate Bill 203, on June 30, 1864.

September 22

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, threatening to free all the slaves in the states in rebellion if those states did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863.

November 2

Mary Todd Lincoln corresponded with her husband on November 2, 1862, advising him of popular sentiment against the cautious commanding of General of the Army of the Potomac George B. McClellan.

November 19

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Virtual Programs and Services

Digital Reference Section Web Guides

Abraham Lincoln and Poetry

Abraham Lincoln's fondness for poetry influenced the nature of his thought and the character of his writing. This Web Guide provides an overview of Abraham Lincoln as a reader, writer, recipient, and subject of poetry.

Presidential Election of 1860 and Presidential Election of 1864

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864, including manuscripts, broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, articles, and government documents.

Presidents as Poets: Poetry Written by United States Presidents

Many presidents of the United States, including Abraham Lincoln, have turned to poetry at certain points in their lives as an outlet for their feelings and thoughts, or to explore the resources of the English language.

Primary Documents in American History

This site offers a list of some of the most important documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each document has a page with background information, links to digital material associated with the documents, and bibliographies for both adult and young readers. Many of the documents contain information related to Abraham Lincoln, including the Homestead Act, the Pacific Railway Act, the Morrill Act, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, the 13th Amendment, and Lincoln's second inaugural address.


Abraham Lincoln Institute Fifth Annual Symposium

The Manuscript and the Rare Book & Special Collections Divisions of the Library of Congress and the Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic sponsored this symposium. Presentations by five nationally-respected scholars were featured at the symposium: William Lee Miller, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ronald C. White Jr., Edward Steers Jr., and John R. Sellers.

Chase for Lincoln's Killer

Attorney and Lincoln scholar James L. Swanson discussed his best-selling book, Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, in a program sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book. Swanson also discussed his book at the 2007 National Book Festival.

Lincoln's Sword

Lincoln scholar Douglas L. Wilson discussed his new book, Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words, in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book. Wilson also discussed his book at the 2007 National Book Festival.

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