• Books & Pamphlets

    The Boys’ Life of Abraham Lincoln. Books and pamphlets.

    A 20,000-item literary treasure trove on the 16th president and his times. Browse the catalog. Explore Literature

  • Photographs

    Tad and Abraham Lincoln. Photographs.

    The first photographed presidency. Get to know Lincoln and his era through this exclusive collection of photos. Explore Photographs

  • Magazines & Newspapers

    New York Herald, April 15, 1861. Magazines and articles.

    Read a selection of Lincoln-related 19th- and early 20th-century newspapers & magazines, from complete issues to clippings. Explore Articles

  • Manuscripts & Documents

    Emancipation Proclamation. Manuscripts and documents.

    Signed copies of the 13th Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation. View these historic documents. Explore Documents

  • Fine Art

    Lincoln’s last portrait from life. Fine art.

    An original: the last image of Lincoln painted from life. See other fine art pieces from the Collection. Explore Fine Art

  • Three-Dimensional Objects

    Lincoln’s inkwell. Three-dimensional objects.

    The inkwell used by Lincoln in signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Browse thousands of artifacts and objects. Explore Our Objects

  • Textiles

    Handkerchief with Mary Lincoln’s monogram. Textiles.

    Handkerchief with Mary Todd Lincoln’s monogram. Examine the rest of our textile collection. Explore Textiles

  • Cartoons, Broadsides, & Ephemera

    Cartoon including Lincoln and Stephen Douglas

    A political cartoon during the 1860 election campaign. Learn about the public’s view of Lincoln from many perspectives. Explore The Collection

  • Sheet Music

    The Battle Cry of Freedom cover. Sheet music.

    View music from Lincoln’s era including his favorites and pieces written in his honor. Explore Sheet Music

Special Announcements

  • Lincoln as a Hoosier: Race, Politics, and the Sixteenth President

    Lincoln at the Library, Sunday, February 28

    Hoosiers like to think that our greatest president derived his greatness from his youth growing up in Indiana. In fact, Abraham Lincoln rejected many of the values of 19th-century Indiana. Indiana was a Democratic state; Lincoln was a Whig. Indiana was a black law state, with legal discriminations against African Americans; Lincoln's policies as president would end the black laws. Lincoln left Indiana at age 21 and like many a youth, he choose a path for his adult life that differed from his childhood.  Join us on Sunday, February 28, 2 pm, at the Allen County Public Library as Professor Nicole Etcheson, Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at  Ball State University, speaks on "Lincoln as a Hoosier."  Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

  • John Wilkes Booth's Mummy?

    A New Curated Grouping

    John Wilkes Booth died on April 26, 1865, after a 12-day manhunt following Abraham Lincoln's assassination...or did he?  In 1903, a man named David E. George claimed shortly before his death in Oklahoma that he was John Wilkes Booth and had escaped after the Lincoln assassination.  After George's death, his body traveled around the country and was a public spectacle for decades.  Learn more about Booth's "afterlife" in our new online exhibit, "The Booth Mummy."

  • The 2015 McMurtry Lecture Now Online

    A Presentation by Harold Holzer

    The 2015 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture, "1863 vs 1865: What a Difference Two Years Made," presented by Lincoln expert and author Harold Holzer, can now be viewed online.  View other Lincoln programs held at the Allen County Public Library at Internet Archive.

  • 20 Facts About Abraham Lincoln

    John Green talks about Abraham Lincoln on Mental Floss

    A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John looks at 20 facts about Abraham Lincoln. Read More

  • See the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection on Social Media

    Find us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr

    View items from the collection, learn about Lincoln and his times, and connect with other Lincoln enthusiasts through the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection's social media pages. Just follow the links at the bottom of any page on the website!