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Collection on Abraham Lincoln

Identifier: 11-MWalB02520

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1860-1952, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 record center box, 1 manuscript box, 11 oversized folders, 1 oversized cardboard enclosure)

Language of Materials



Arranged in six series: 1. Lithographs, 1860-1928; 2. Photographs, 1860-1865; 3. Postcards, 1909-1952; 4. Framed Prints, 1864-1865; 5. Realia, 1909, 1919, undated; 6. Printed Matter, 1865-1896.

For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Jonathan Sudholt
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections