• 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

  • 2020 McMurtry Lecture

    Dr. Allen Guelzo Presents "Lincoln & Democracy"

    September 8, 2020    7 p.m.


    Register in advance for this lecture:


     After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the lecture.


    It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 40th Annual McMurtry Lecture, which will be delivered as a live webinar on September 8th, 2020, at 7 p.m. EDT.


    The lecture will be given by Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, the Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and the Director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. The topic of Dr. Guelzo's lecture will be "Lincoln and Democracy."

    The word democracy occurs only 137 times in the collected writings of Abraham Lincoln. But nothing for Lincoln could be "as clearly true as the truth of democracy." So, when the thunderous cloud of Civil War broke over his presidency, Lincoln had no hesitation in portraying the struggle as a contest, not over constitutional niceties, or even over slavery, but over the basic principle of democracy itself and "whether a constitutional republic, or a democracy -- a government of the people, by the same people -- can, or cannot" survive the push-and-shove of its own people's disagreements, or whether democracies are doomed forever to fly off, by their own centrifugal force, into fragments. Today, Americans increasingly fracture into interests and identities, and then self-righteously invoke power of various sorts to protect our interests or to attack other identities. So, again, we must ask ourselves what democracy is, then what Lincoln thought of it and finally to speculate on how much - if any - of Lincoln's idea of democracy still has a life worth living today.

    To learn more about our esteemed lecturer, please see his biography on the Princeton University website: https://jmp.princeton.edu/node/5221.



  • Lincoln at the Library

    2020 Programming

    The 2020 Lincoln at the Library schedule is full of interesting topics and stories about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. We hope you plan to join us. All presentations are at the Main Branch of the Allen County Public Library in Meeting Rooms A-B at 2pm. This series is generously provided for by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

    "Lincoln and Elections" presented by Dr. Nicole Etcheson

    Sunday, October 25th

    Leading up to the 2020 election, the political atmosphere is incredibly divisive. Elections in the past weren't the same…or were they? Dr. Nicole Etcheson is the Alexander M. Bracken professor of history at Ball State University who will be looking at elections during Lincoln's time as well as some correlation to today's political environment. She is author of A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community (2011) as well as numerous other books and articles. She was most recently the DFH Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

  • Friends of Lincoln Collection Launches New Website


    Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc., has launched a new website serving as an additional gateway to the thousands of digitized Lincoln era letters, photographs, newspapers, books and other items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. In addition, it will soon post searchable archives from the more than 1900 issues of "Lincoln Lore," a nationally recognized magazine for scholarly articles, interviews, book reviews, and announcements of local and national Lincoln-related programs and events. The site will also offer other items of interest, including links to Collection items displayed in the Fine Book Room of the Allen County Public Library; online exhibits; dozens of viewable Lincoln presentations at the library; and educational support from resident Lincoln historians.

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  • 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 on Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr. Just follow the links at the bottom of any page on the website!