Born in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States, from 1861 until his death by assassination on April 15, 1865.
The Collection on Abraham Lincoln consists of approximately 1.25 linear ft. of material. This collection is a small record of the history of memorializing, and sometimes criticizing, President Lincoln. From ceramic tiles to postcards, from matchbooks to electioneering lithographs, this collection provides a rich resource for those interested in the ways Lincoln’s image was presented to the public. Other formats include macerated money silhouettes, woodcuts, electioneering pins, and a sewing kit box. The eclectic contents also have relevance for questions not necessarily specific to Lincoln, such as commercial commemorative practices in the hundred years after the Civil War.