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Collection Manuscript/Mixed Material Herndon-Weik collection of Lincolniana,

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  • Herndon-Weik collection of Lincolniana,


  • Collection composed of the papers of Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Herndon, and Jesse William Weik; records (1933) of The Weik Manuscript Corporation; and miscellaneous material collected chiefly by Herndon and Weik for use in writing Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (1889).
  • Papers of Abraham Lincoln consist of correspondence; legal documents; scrapbooks, one of which Lincoln allegedly prepared for use in his 1858 debates with Stephen Arnold Douglas; and other papers. Subjects include national politics, chiefly the presidential campaigns of 1856 and 1860, and Lincoln's law practice in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln's correspondents include John Bell, Mark W. Delahay, Joshua R. Giddings, Samuel Haycraft, John D. Johnston, Norman B. Judd, Andrew McCallen, Joshua F. Speed, Thaddeus Stevens, Leonard Swett, Richard S. Thomas, John Wentworth, Henry Clay Whitney, Archibald Williams, and Richard Yates.
  • Papers of William Henry Herndon include correspondence, writings on Lincoln, interviews, recollections, notes, and other material. Persons represented include Ninian Wirt Edwards (Lincoln's brother-in-law), Charles Friend, Kate Roby Gentry (schoolmate), Mentor Graham (teacher), Dennis Hanks (cousin), John Hay (secretary), John B. Helm (store clerk), Mary Todd Lincoln (wife), Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln (stepmother), Stephen T. Logan (law partner), Leonard Swett (Illinois lawyer), Frances Wallace (sister-in-law), Robert L. Wilson (colleague in Illinois legislature), and other members of the Lincoln family and Lincoln's schoolmates, law partners, colleagues in law and in the Illinois General Assembly, Whig and Republican party allies, and White House associates.
  • Papers of Jesse William Weik consist of correspondence, documents, interviews, and other papers. Weik's correspondents include Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, James Cook Conkling, Richard Henry Dana, John Hay, John G. Nicolay, Edward Lillie Pierce, Lyman Trumbull, and Horace White.


  • Herndon, William Henry, 1818-1891
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
  • Weik, Jesse William, 1857-1930


  • -  Bell, John,--1796-1869--Correspondence
  • -  Beveridge, Albert Jeremiah,--1862-1927--Correspondence
  • -  Conkling, James Cook,--1816-1899--Correspondence
  • -  Dana, Richard Henry,--Jr.,--1815-1882--Correspondence
  • -  Delahay, Mark W.--(Mark William),--1818?-1879--Correspondence
  • -  Douglas, Stephen A.--(Stephen Arnold),--1813-1861
  • -  Edwards, Ninian Wirt
  • -  Friend, Charles
  • -  Gentry, Kate Roby
  • -  Giddings, Joshua R.--(Joshua Reed),--1795-1864--Correspondence
  • -  Graham, Mentor,--1800-1886
  • -  Hanks, Dennis
  • -  Hay, John,--1838-1905
  • -  Hay, John,--1838-1905--Correspondence
  • -  Haycraft, Samuel,--1795-1878--Correspondence
  • -  Helm, John B
  • -  Johnston, John D.,--1815---Correspondence
  • -  Judd, Norman B.--(Norman Buel),--1815-1878--Correspondence
  • -  Lincoln, Mary Todd,--1818-1882
  • -  Lincoln, Sarah Bush Johnston,--1788-1869
  • -  Logan, Stephen T.--(Stephen Trigg),--1800-1880
  • -  McCallen, Andrew--Correspondence
  • -  Nicolay, John G.--(John George),--1832-1901--Correspondence
  • -  Pierce, Edward Lillie,--1829-1897--Correspondence
  • -  Speed, Joshua F.--(Joshua Fry),--1814-1882--Correspondence
  • -  Stevens, Thaddeus,--1792-1868--Correspondence
  • -  Swett, Leonard,--1825-1889
  • -  Swett, Leonard,--1825-1889--Correspondence
  • -  Thomas, Richard S.--(Richard Symmes)--Correspondence
  • -  Trumbull, Lyman,--1813-1896--Correspondence
  • -  Wallace, Frances,--1817
  • -  Wentworth, John,--1815-1888--Correspondence
  • -  White, Horace,--1834-1916--Correspondence
  • -  Whitney, Henry Clay,--1831-1905--Correspondence
  • -  Williams, Archibald,--1801-1863--Correspondence
  • -  Wilson, R. L.--(Robert L.)
  • -  Yates, Richard,--1815-1873--Correspondence
  • -  Lincoln family
  • -  Illinois.--General Assembly
  • -  Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • -  Weik Manuscript Corporation
  • -  Whig Party (U.S.)
  • -  White House (Washington, D.C.)
  • -  Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Ill., 1858
  • -  Practice of law--Illinois--Springfield
  • -  Presidents--United States--Biography
  • -  Presidents--United States--Election--1856
  • -  Presidents--United States--Election--1860
  • -  Illinois--Politics and government--To 1865
  • -  Springfield (Ill.)--History
  • -  United States--Politics and government--19th century
  • -  United States--Politics and government--1861-1865


  • -  Arranged in six groups. Group I: Arithmetic Book and Scrapbooks, circa 1824-1860; Group II: Correspondence of Abraham Lincoln, 1833-1865; Group III: Legal Documents, 1834-1860; Group IV: Papers of William Henry Herndon, 1849-1891; Group V: Papers of Jesse William Weik, 1830-1927; and Group VI: Miscellany, circa 1824-1933.
  • -  Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container or reel number, Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana at the Library of Congress available through the Library of Congress Web site at
  • -  Microfilm edition of Groups I-V and of the card index available, no. 13,732.
  • -  Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1942.
  • -  Gift and purchase, 1929-1982.
  • -  Broadside transferred to Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
  • -  Photographs and etchings transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
  • -  Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president, U.S. representative from Illinois, and lawyer; William Henry Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, collector, and biographer from Springfield, Illinois; and Jesse William Weik, lawyer of Greencastle, Indiana, and coauthor of Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (1889).
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at
  • -  Calendar and index available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room.


  • 4,600 items.
  • 36 containers.
  • 15 microfilm reels.
  • 10 linear feet.


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  • mm74025791

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  • Open to research.

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Chicago citation style:

Herndon, William Henry, Abraham Lincoln, and Jesse William Weik. Herndon-Weik collection of Lincolniana. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

APA citation style:

Herndon, W. H., Lincoln, A. & Weik, J. W. Herndon-Weik collection of Lincolniana. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Herndon, William Henry, Abraham Lincoln, and Jesse William Weik. Herndon-Weik collection of Lincolniana. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.