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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2605

Miscellaneous documents relating to Abraham Lincoln


Miscellaneous letters, documents, and memorabilia to and about Abraham Lincoln concerning his family, political career, assassination, and aspects of the American Civil War.


  • Creation: circa 1838-1948

Language of Materials

Materials in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (6 boxes)

Legal documents from Abraham Lincoln's legal practice; letters written to Lincoln, including recommending names for various appointed offices and volunteering service; ballots and voting records, some from Lincoln's home state of Illinois; campaign insignia, including tintypes, cartes-de-visite (card photographs), and a stereograph; correspondence, documents, and memorabilia relating to Lincoln's assassination, its effects, and its aftermath generally as well as specific memorial activities, including mezzotints, sketches, and cameos; and a few documents more generally concerned with the American Civil War and slavery.

Biographical / Historical

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) served as the sixteenth President of the United States from March 4, 1861 until his assassination.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Physical Location

b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times. Accession information is given with the item entry. The last addition to this collection was made 2012 June 25.

Processing Information

Processed by: Melanie Wisner

Miscellaneous documents relating to Abraham Lincoln, circa 1838-1948: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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