Abraham Lincoln’s papers were acquired by gifts, transfers, deposits, purchases, and reproductions during the years 1901-2013.
The Lincoln Papers came to the Library of Congress from Lincoln's oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926), who arranged for their organization and care shortly after his father was assassinated on April 14, 1865. In 1874, most of the Lincoln Papers returned to Washington, D.
All of the documents contained in Series 1-3 are reproduced online, as are the original materials contained in Series 4.
Although collection items in the online presentation are described at the item level, they may be accessed in groups at the Series level.
Additional letters received by the Library after 1960 are not listed in this index.
A current finding aid (PDF and HTML) to the Abraham Lincoln Papers is also available online.
Individual document headings and available transcriptions can be searched by keyword.
Series 1, General Correspondence and Related Documents, 1833-1916 Consists of manuscripts inherited by Robert Todd Lincoln, which have been designated “The Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.” Series 1 includes the so-called “Carpet Bag Documents,” which were stored in a carpet bag that suffered water damage.
The Abraham Lincoln Papers are arranged in five series.Oversize facsimiles and reproductions were not included in the online presentation.Transcriptions Included on this Website Transcriptions are included for about 10,000 items (about half of the online collection).Scanned images from the Abraham Lincoln Papers first became available online in 2001 as the American Memory website .Transcriptions prepared for roughly half of the documents by the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College were added in 2002.