• 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, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising

    Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 2 p.m.

    Join us at the Allen County Public Library's Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, for the second 2018 Lincoln at the Library program.  Roger Billings, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law, will present "Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising," an exploration of the military trials of 303 Sioux prisoners following the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota and Lincoln's pardoning of all but 38 of the men condemned to death.  Related items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection will be on display. 


    The program will be held in Meeting Room A on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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  • 2018 Rolland Lecture

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 7 p.m.

    Artist Wendy Allen will give the 7th annual Rolland Lecture in the Theater of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15th. Her presentation, titled "Searching for the Exact Location of America's Soul: An Artist's Pursuit," will explore her 35-year experience creating portraits of Abraham Lincoln.


    The event is sponsored by the Lupke Foundation and is free and open to the public.

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  • 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.

  • 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!