Lincoln Resources

Abraham Lincoln Association The mission of the Abraham Lincoln Association is to observe each anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln; to preserve and make more readily accessible the landmarks associated with his life; and to actively encourage, promote and aid the collection and dissemination of authentic information regarding all phases of his life and career.

Abraham Lincoln Online Started a as hobby in 1995, this site provides news about Lincoln books, speeches and writings, historic places, and events. 

Abraham Lincoln Research Site Created by a retired history teacher, this site features a wealth of material on Lincoln’s home life as well as a very focused account of the national mourning that followed Lincoln’s assassination.

Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc.  Serves as a gateway to thousands of digitized Lincoln era letters, photographs, newspapers, books and other items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Coming soon, the entire run of Lincoln Lore.

The Lincoln Institute The Lincoln Institute concentrates on providing support and assistance to scholars and groups involved in the study of the life of American’s 16th President and the impact he had on the preservation of the Union, the emancipation of black slaves, and the development of democratic principles which have found worldwide application. 

The Lincoln Forum The Lincoln Forum is an assembly of people who share a deep interest in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. The Lincoln Forum supports all Civil War and Lincoln groups that similarly strive to help succeeding generations learn and benefit from the study of Lincoln.

The Rail Splitter Dedicated to the field of Lincoln collecting for both the expert and the novice, Rail Splitter publishes a lively and informative journal covering many aspects of Lincoln’s life.  

Museums & Other Historic Sites

Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum Exhibited are many rare items – the cane Lincoln carried that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre, two life masks, the tea set he and Mary Todd used in their home in Springfield, and numerous other artifacts.  Approximately 30,000 books, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, paintings and sculptures tell the story of President Lincoln and the Civil War period in America’s history.  The museum in located in Harrogate, TN.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is the premier repository for materials relating to the life of Abraham Lincoln and the history of the Prairie State. The Library is a public, non-circulating research facility that contains material on all aspects of Illinois’ history. Particularly noteworthy are the Library’s holdings in published resources,  manuscripts,  newspapers,  audiovisual, and Lincolniana.  It is located in Springfield, IL.

The Lincoln Memorial Shrine The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is the only museum and archives dedicated to the study of Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War west of the Mississippi River. Its extensive collection of manuscripts, diaries, images and artifacts is maintained by the Special Collections Division of Smiley Library. It is located in Redlands, CA.

Chicago History Museum The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history.  Among their Lincoln holdings is the bed on which Lincoln died.  

Ford’s Theatre A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C., to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.

Hildene Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, became Chairman of the largest corporation in America at the turn of the 20th century. He built his Georgian Revival mansion in the scenic Vermont village of Manchester in 1905 and it became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975. 

Lincoln Heritage Museum Located on the campus of Lincoln College,  this is the only college named for Lincoln in his lifetime. In Lincoln, IL. the Lincoln Heritage Museum exhibits a rare and valuable collection of artifacts that tell the story of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

Springfield, IL Convention & Visitors Bureau The best place to discover Lincoln historic sites in the area.

Surratt House Museum The Surratt House Museum houses many artifacts from the Lincoln Assassination, they also sponsor tours that trace the escape route taken by John Wilkes Booth. It is located in Clinton, MD.

Other Resources

Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) Founded in 1949, the ABAA’s mission is to promote ethical standards and professionalism in the antiquarian book trade, to encourage the collecting and preservation of rare and antiquarian books and related materials, to support educational programs and research into the study of rare books, and to facilitate collegial relations between booksellers, librarians, scholars, and collectors. The ABAA sponsors books fairs in both New York, Massachusetts and California.

Civil War Round Table Celebrating 60 years of Civil War scholarship, the first Civil War Round Table started at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. This link will take you to their web site.  There are groups throughout the world.  Use your favorite search engine to find a Round Table in your area.  

Graphic Conservation Company This site is for Graphic Conservation Company. A leader in the field, they use the latest techniques in paper conservation, but they are more than just technicians. They apply the craftsmanship of the artist, the knowledge of the scientist, and the concern of the historian. 

Library of Congress The Library of Congress web page is a gateway to a national treasure. Be sure to visit the American Memory Collection.

The Manuscript Society An international organization of persons and institutions devoted to the collection preservation use and enjoyment of autographs and manuscripts.

Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA) A Non-Profit Association of Antiquarian Booksellers Promoting the Love of Books, Maps, Prints and Ephemera. MWABA stages a book fair every summer in June at Plumbers Hall in Chicago.

National Parks and Conservation Association Provides information regarding this nonprofit organization and its commitment to preserving national parks and other historic sites.

The Professional Autograph Dealers’ Association Whether buying, selling or appraising autographs, this organization assures you quality and integrity. All PADA members adhere to a strict code of ethics.