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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Lincoln 1

Lincoln Room collection of miscellaneous papers

Correspondence and other materials by and about Abraham Lincoln primarily collected by Willaim W. Nolen. There are also documents concerning slaves, particularly in Louisiana.


  • 1837-1924

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes letters from Lincoln to Samuel Austin Allibone, Robert Todd Lincoln, Caleb Blood Smith and Charles Sumner and other letters. There are Lincoln legal papers, proof sheets of his First inaugural address, 8 pencil and wash portraits of Lincoln by an unidentified artist, and printed materials concerning Lincoln, among other items. The collection also includes documents concerning the sale of slaves, especially in Louisiana.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence to, from or about Lincoln
  2. II. Compositions and documents by Lincoln
  3. III. Compositions and documents about Lincoln
  4. IV. Images of Lincoln
  5. V. Other materials
Please note that item number 94 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location

b [Lincoln Room]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of these manuscripts were part of the Nolen collection of Lincolniana, bequeathed to Harvard by William W. Nolen, class of 1884, received: 1924-1925.

More specific acquisition information follows each item entry and notes, if it is known.
Lincoln Room collection of miscellaneous papers, 1837-1924: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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