Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers from the Manuscript
Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately
20,000 documents. The collection is organized into three
"General Correspondence" series that include
incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts
of speeches, and notes and printed material. Most of the
20,000 items are from the 1850s through Lincoln's presidential
This collection contains articles and essays on the Emancipation
Proclamation and the Lincoln
assassination. It also provides a compilation of related resources and quick links to frequently requested documents in the Abraham Lincoln Papers.
A selection of highlights from this collection includes:
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by series and dates to find additional documents in Lincoln's
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960) of Chicago presented his
outstanding collection of Lincolniana to the Library of
Congress in 1953. Begun by Mr. Stern in the 1920s, the
collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a
large body of publications concerning the issues of the
times including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction,
and related topics. The collection contains more than 11,100
items. This online release presents more than 1,300 items
with more than 4,000 images and a date range of 1824-1931.
It includes the complete collection of Stern's contemporary
newspapers, Lincoln's law papers, sheet music, broadsides,
prints, cartoons, maps, drawings, letters, campaign tickets,
and other ephemeral items.
Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional
Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
This collection contains a large selection of congressional
material related to Abraham Lincoln's political career as
a member of the House of Representatives and as U.S. president.
this collection by date and publication to find materials
related to Lincoln.
- The Congressional
Globe contains congressional debate and presidential
messages from Lincoln's service in the House of Representatives
(1847-49) and his presidency (1861-65), including Lincoln's
speech against the Mexican
War (January 12, 1848) and his First,
Annual Messages to Congress.
- The United
States Statutes at Large contains the full text of
laws enacted, proclamations issued, and treaties ratified
during Lincoln's presidency, including the Homestead
Act, the Pacific
Railway Act, and the Emancipation
Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
This collection presents the papers of the nineteenth-century
African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery
and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken
antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. The release
of the Douglass Papers, from the Library of Congress's
Manuscript Division, contains approximately 7,400 items
(38,000 images) relating to Douglass's life as an escaped
slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant.
It includes a letter Douglass
wrote to Lincoln on August 29, 1864, concerning a
plan for helping slaves escape from the South. Search
this collection by keyword to find additional items related
Joseph Holt Papers
Joseph Holt presided over the military commission prosecuting the Abraham Lincoln assassination conspirators. The Joseph Holt Papers contain voluminous correspondence regarding the military commission as well as affidavits, depositions, transcribed testimony, various versions of the charges against the conspirators, as well as Holt’s correspondence about the trial long after the trial concluded.
Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source
items dating from the seventeenth century to the present
and encompasses key events and eras in American history.
While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection,
there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.
A selection of highlights from this collection includes:
Salmon P. Chase Papers
The papers of Ohio governor, Abraham Lincoln cabinet official, and Supreme Court justice Salmon P. Chase (1808-1873) span the years 1755-1898, with the bulk of the material originating between 1824 and 1872. Chase served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1861-64 and was nominated by Lincoln in 1864 to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide
This collection contains approximately 400 items relating
to presidential inaugurations, including Lincoln's first
inauguration in 1861 and his second
inauguration in 1865.
during the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861 to 1865
This collection presents three manuscript volumes that
document daily life in Washington, D. C., through the eyes
of Horatio Nelson Taft (1806-1888), an examiner for the
U. S. Patent Office. The diary details events in Washington
during the Civil War years including Taft's connection with
Abraham Lincoln and his family. Of special interest is Taft's
description of Lincoln's
assassination, based on the accounts of his friends
and his son, who was one of the attending physicians at
Ford's Theatre the night Lincoln was shot. Search
this collection to find additional references to Lincoln
and his family.
and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating
the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years
In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its staff
has selected for online display approximately ninety representative
documents spanning from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth
century. The collection contains nine
documents related to Abraham Lincoln, including a page
of Lincoln's student
sum book and a draft of Lincoln's instructions to Major
Robert Anderson in command at Fort
Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina, dated April 4, 1861.