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Abraham Lincoln: A Resource Guide

Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad.
Boston, Mass.: published by L. Prang & Co., lithographers,
[between 1860 and 1909]
Prints and Photographs Division.
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Digital Collections

The 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 years, 1860-65.

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:

Search by keywords or browse by series and dates to find additional documents in Lincoln's papers.

Additional Digital Collections

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.

A 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. Search this collection by date and publication to find materials related to Lincoln.

The 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 to Lincoln.

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.

Washington 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.

Words 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.

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