Library Collections

Delve into our expansive collections about Abraham Lincoln and the Prairie State.


The Audiovisual Collection is home to a variety of photographs, broadsides, audio, and film recordings from the 1840s to the present.

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Digital Resources

Digital Resources to help researchers working within our other collections.

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds one of the world’s finest collections of artifacts, manuscripts, books, and AV materials related to Lincoln, his family, his contemporaries, and his legacy.

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Containing approximately 12 million documents dating as far back as the 18th century, our Manuscript collection consists of unpublished primary sources, such as letters, diaries, and records, from great leaders and everyday Illinoisans alike.

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Newspapers on Microfilm

The Newspapers on Microfilm collection holds over 5,000 newspaper titles spanning from the time of the Civil War to the present and includes publications from all around Illinois, the United States, and the world.

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Published Materials

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library houses more than 200,000 books and pamphlets, 3,000 maps, and 1,200 periodical series. Major collections relate to individuals, cities and towns, agriculture, industry, religion, transportation, and Illinois history.

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How to Access

Learn how to access all of our research collections in person and online

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Submit an Inquiry

Submit requests automatically via links in our online catalog or via links in our finding aids. Submit requests in advance of a visit to the library. Submit orders for digital scans of library materials. Track the status of each request. Access detailed information about your past requests

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