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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.


  • Creation: 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 others. 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 enslaved people, particularly 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
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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