• 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 in Quilts: Log Cabins, Flags, and Roses

    Nov. 4, 2017 through Feb. 19, 2018

    Come to the Indiana State Museum and explore how Abraham Lincoln's life and political career are reflected in unexpected ways through the popular medium of quilts. The exhibition features styles Lincoln would have been familiar with growing up, including one made by his cousin in 1827; those directly associated with Lincoln through the use of campaign ribbons, silks from his wife Mary Todd's dresses or those of her friends; Civil War quilts; and memorial quilts as well as a range of campaign and other textiles.

     

    "Lincoln in Quilts" is located in museam's Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery on Level 3.

  • Friends of the Collection Honored by the Lincoln Forum

    The Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, which supports the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, was awarded the Wendy Allen Award by the Lincoln Forum at its 2017 Symposium held in Gettysburg November 16-18.  The award is given annually to a Lincoln or Civil War institution or organization that has achieved widespread recognition for bringing learning and scholarship about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era to a wide public.  The Friends received this framed, signed print of an original Lincoln portrait by acclaimed Gettysburg-based artist Wendy Allen. 

     

    In recognizing the Friends, the Forum applauded the group's role in publishing the scholarly magazine Lincoln Lore, creating educational programs and sponsoring a Lincoln essay contest for high school students, offering Lincoln-themed public programs at both the Allen County Public Library and the Indiana State Museum, funding acquisition of new materials for the collection, creating the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection website, and raising funds and making plans to establish the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research at the Allen County Public Library.

  • IAN MacKENZIE ROLLAND (1933-2017)

    Our 16th president's words of December 1, 1862, clearly apply to Ian Rolland: "Honorable alike in what we give and in what we preserve."  The long-time Fort Wayne business leader and philanthropist had a long-standing respect for Abraham Lincoln, and he spent a lifetime preserving Lincoln's legacy. Thanks to Ian's leadership and fundraising efforts, Lincoln National's $20 million collection of Lincoln artifacts remains in Indiana as the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, jointly curated by the Allen County Public Library and the Indiana State Museum.  We are grateful for the leadership that Ian Rolland exhibited throughout his lifetime, and our thoughts are with his family.

  • A Redesigned Lincoln Lore

    Receive a Free Sample Issue

    Lincoln Lore is the publication of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana. Since its first issue was published in 1929, Lincoln Lore has been a respected resource on all things Lincoln.  It has now been redesigned to be better than ever, with listings of Lincoln events and special features in addition to outstanding articles and interviews.  Published three times each year, Lincoln Lore is one benefit of Friends membership.  To learn more about the Friends and how to become a member, and to receive your free issue of Lincoln Lore, click on "READ MORE."

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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!