• 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

  • 2016 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture

    Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.

    The Hon. Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and noted Lincoln scholar, will present the 2016 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20th, in the theater of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. His lecture, titled "Abraham Lincoln: Indianan and the West," will focus on the Lincoln family's move from Kentucky to Indiana in 1816. Williams will discuss the Lincolns' move within the larger context of westward American migration. A reception will follow the lecture. 

    Williams will also give an informal talk and discussion at a brown bag lunch at noon on September 20th in Meeting Room A of the Allen County Public Library.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

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