Lincoln's Life in Letters - billboards

At its heart, the museum is a showcase for the millions of items housed in the library across the street. On any given day, at least 100 of those items are on display, drawn from our collection devoted to Illinois history and Abraham Lincoln. Included in that collection are more than 1,600 documents in Lincoln’s hand. We invite you to explore Lincoln’s life through some of the documents that shaped our museum exhibits and the stories they tell.


The originals of all these documents are in our vault, but their images in this exhibit were created by our Papers of Abraham Lincoln project. Please visit their website to see more documents written to and by Lincoln from all over the world. If you have a Lincoln document, or know someone who does, please reach out to us. We are always looking for new discoveries.

National Archives  Law Practice of Lincoln

Papers of Abraham Lincoln  The Lincoln Log

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