Abraham Lincoln: A Resource Guide
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,
of humor, and the contents
of his pockets the night he was assassinated.
Back in Time: Abolition in the District of Columbia
Back in Time: Abraham Lincoln's Inauguration
Back in Time: The Homestead Act Went Into Effect
Back in Time: Lincoln Created the Montana Territory
Back in Time: President Lincoln Delivered the Gettysburg
Back in Time: The Assassination of President Lincoln
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
A selection of articles about Abraham Lincoln includes:
- "Election of 1860. Sweeping Republican Victory," Burlington Free Press. (Burlington, Vermont), November 9, 1860.
- "The Election on Tuesday. Pres't Lincoln Re-Elected by a Sweeping Majority!" Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), November 10, 1864.
- "The Fourth of March, 1865," The Vermont Transcript. (St. Albans, Vermont), March 10, 1865.
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
Treasures of the Library of Congress
Presents drafts of the Gettysburg Address and related documents.
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.
Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the
of the Library of Congress
Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this online
exhibition, including manuscripts and broadsides from
Lincoln's first and second inaugurations.
With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
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.
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.
Division Finding Aids Online
Finding aids for the Abraham Lincoln Papers and the Herndon-Weik
Collection of Lincolniana in the Library of Congress
& 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
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
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
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: Selected Images
from the Collections of the Library of Congress
A selection of images related to the assassination of
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.
Materials from the Rare Book & Special Collections Division
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
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.
On Monday, March 4, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln took
the oath of office and delivered his first inaugural address.
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.
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.
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.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Valley
Grant Act, Senate Bill 203, on June 30, 1864.
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.
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.
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered
the Gettysburg Address.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kearns Goodwin, Ronald
C. White Jr., Edward
Steers Jr., and John
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 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.