Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Lincoln mss., ca. 1798-1959, consist of letters, documents, and facsimile copies of documents by and about Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, his ancestors, immediate family, members of his cabinet, and other persons closely connected with him.

In addition to Abraham Lincoln, correspondents include: John Wilkes Booth; Stephen A. Douglas; Benjamin Franklin Harding; Mary (Todd) Lincoln; Thomas Lincoln; Mordecai Lincoln; Robert Todd Lincoln; William H. Seward; Edwin McMasters Stanton; Gideon Welles.

Other materials in the collection include: legal records from Lincoln's years as an attorney in Springfield, IL; papers from Lincoln's early political period, including a speech on sectionalism (1956); materials from Lincoln's presidential years, including political cartoons, and copies of the Gettysburg Address; and papers spanning many years after Lincoln's death in 1865. Also in the collection is a "Sum Book" (ca. 1824) written in Lincoln's hand.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: ca. 1940s-2000s

Collection size: 490 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.