| Compiled by Kenneth Drexler, Digital Reference Specialist
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1860, including manuscripts, broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1860 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1860 election and a selected bibliography.
1860 Presidential Election Results 
Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography
The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 20,000 documents. Search the Lincoln Papers to find hundreds of items related to the 1860 presidential election.
A selection of highlights from this collection includes:
- Republican National Convention, May 1860 (Lincoln's name proposed at convention)
- Republican National Convention, Friday, May 18, 1860 (Declaration of Principles)
- George Ashmun, et al. to Abraham Lincoln, Friday, May 18, 1860 (Notification of nomination)
- John Wentworth to Abraham Lincoln, Friday, May 18, 1860 (Telegram; Vice presidential nomination)
- Abraham Lincoln to George Ashmun, Wednesday, May 23, 1860 (Letter of acceptance)
- Salmon P. Chase to Abraham Lincoln, Wednesday, November 07, 1860 (Congratulations)
- Abraham Lincoln to Truman Smith, Saturday, November 10, 1860 (Lincoln will not issue a public statement to reassure the South)
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960) of Chicago presented his outstanding collection of Lincolniana to the Library of Congress in 1953. This online release presents more than 1,300 items with more than 4,000 images and a date range of 1824-1931. It includes the complete collection of Stern's contemporary newspapers, Lincoln's law papers, sheet music, broadsides, prints, cartoons, maps, drawings, letters, campaign tickets, and other ephemeral items, including twenty-eight items related to the presidential election of 1860.
A selection of highlights from this collection includes:
An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.
- Democratic ticket. Our principals the constitution. For President John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky For Vice President Joseph Lane of Oregon. Electors .... Election on Tuesday, November 6th, 1860. Lith of Hoyer & Ludwig, Richmond, Va.
- Lincoln & Hamlin. Ward No. 6. Republican ticket ... Boston. Wright & Potter printers. 
- Lincoln and liberty!!! For president Abraham Lincoln, of Illinois. For vice-president Hannibal Hamlin, of Maine. Issued by the Young men's republican union of the City of New York
- Maryland state ticket. Election, Tuesday November 6th, 1860 ... For President of the United States John Bell of Tennessee. For Vice President of the United States, Edward Everett of Massachusetts. ... [n. p. 1860]
- A reprint of the original broadside containing the Republican Platform of 1860, adopted by the National Republican Convention held in Chicago, May 17, 1860. Chicago, 1860
- Republican ticket. For President Abraham Lincoln of Illinois. For Vice President Hannibal Hamlin of Maine. Electors of President and Vice President [11 names] For Governor Richard Yates ... 1860
- Republikanische platform und candidaten für Präsident der Ver. Staaten: Abraham Lincoln, von Illinois. Für Vice Präsident: Hannibal Hamlin, von Maine
- [Two election tickets, Democratic] Douglas and Johnson
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
This collection consists of published congressional records of the United States of America from 1774 to 1875. On February 13, 1861, the electoral college votes for the presidential election of 1860 were counted by a joint session of Congress and reported in the Congressional Globe and the Senate Journal.
Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society
The images in this digital collection are drawn from the New-York Historical Society's rich archival collections that document the Civil War. The collection contains a pictorial envelope of each presidential candidate from the election of 1860.
The Nineteenth Century in Print: Books
The books in this collection bear nineteenth-century American imprints, dating mainly from between 1850 and 1880. They have been digitized by the University of Michigan as part of the Making of America project, a major collaborative endeavor to preserve and provide access to historical texts.
- The Address of the Hon. Abraham Lincoln, in vindication of the policy of the framers of the Constitution and the principles of the Republican party, delivered at Cooper Institute, February 27th, 1860
- Official proceedings of the Democratic national convention, held in 1860, at Charleston and Baltimore
- A political text-book for 1860: comprising a brief view of presidential nominations and elections including all the national platforms ever yet adopted: also a history of the struggle respecting slavery in the territories, and of the action of Congress as to the freedom of the public lands, with the most notable speeches and letters... Compiled by Horace Greeley and John F. Cleveland
- Presidential candidates: containing sketches, biographical, personal and political, of prominent candidates for the presidency in 1860. By D. W. Bartlett
The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals
This collection presents twenty-three popular periodicals digitized by Cornell University Library and the Preservation Reformatting Division of the Library of Congress.
This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about the presidential election of 1860.
A selection of articles on the 1860 presidential election includes:
- "Lincoln Nominated," New-York Daily Tribune. (New-York [N.Y.]), May 19, 1860
- "WHOOP-EE!," White Cloud Kansas Chief. (White Cloud, Kan.), November 8, 1860
- "The General Result," New-York Daily Tribune. (New-York [N.Y.]), November 8, 1860
American Treasures of the Library of Congress
This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects of American history and culture. Objects displayed are organized according to the three categories that Thomas Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason, and imagination. The exhibition includes the following documents pertaining to the 1860 presidential election:
With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition
This exhibition commemorates the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the nation’s revered sixteenth president. The Run for President section contains manuscripts, prints, and other items from the 1860 presidential election.
A selection of highlights from this exhibition includes:
Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress
Pictorial Americana, a Library of Congress publication, contains a chapter listing selected images related to the 1860 presidential election.
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the following subject headings to find additional prints, political cartoons, and other digital images related to the presidential election of 1860.
Abraham Lincoln's Classroom: Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1860
The Lincoln Institute's site contains an essay that examines Abraham Lincoln's campaign during election of 1860.
The American Presidency Project: Election of 1860
The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1860 presidential election.
HarpWeek: The Presidential Elections 1860-1912
This HarpWeek Web site features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Vanity Fair, Puck, Judge, and American Political Prints, 1766-1876: A Catalog of the Collections in the Library of Congress. It provides explanations of the historical context and images of each cartoon, campaign overviews, biographical sketches, a review of the era's major issues, and other valuable information related to the 1860 presidential election.
Mr. Lincoln and New York: 1860 Presidential Election
The Lincoln Institute's Web site presents an essay on the 1860 presidential election in the state of New York.
Official Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Held in 1860, at Charleston and Baltimore: Proceedings at Charleston, April 23-May 3 / Prepared and Published Under the Direction of John G. Parkhurst. Cleveland: Nevin’s Print, 1860.
LC Call Number: JK2313 1860 [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Portraits and Sketches of John C. Breckinridge and Joseph Lane: Together with the National Democratic Platform, the Cincinnati Platform, and the Constitution of the United States. New York: J.C. Buttre, 1860.
LC Call Number: E440 .P829 1860 [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Portraits and Sketches of the Lives of all the Candidates for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency, for 1860: Comprising Eight Portraits Engraved on Steel, Facts in the Life of Each, the Four Platforms, the Cincinnati Platform, and the Constitution of the United States. New York: J.C. Buttre, 1860.
LC Call Number: E440 .P83 [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Proceedings of the Republican National Convention, Held at Chicago, May 16, 17 and 18, 1860. Albany: Weed, Parsons and Co., 1860.
LC Call Number: E440 .P83 [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Halstead, Murat. Caucuses of 1860. A History of the National Political Conventions of the Current Presidential Campaign: Being a Complete Record of the Business of all the Conventions; with Sketches of Distinguished Men in Attendance upon Them, and Descriptions of the Most Characteristic Scenes and Memorable Events. Comp. from the Correspondence of the Cincinnati Commercial, Written "On the Circuit of the Conventions," and the Official Reports. By M. Halstead, an Eye-Witness of Them All. Columbus, Ohio: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860.
LC Call Number: E440 .H19 [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Crenshaw, Ollinger. The Slave States in the Presidential Election of 1860. 1945; rpt. Gloucester, Mass.: P. Smith, 1969.
LC Call Number: E440 .C88 1969 [Catalog Record]
Ecelbarger, Gary L. The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to Win the 1860 Republican Nomination. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2008.
LC Call Number: E457.4 .E28 2008 [Catalog Record]
Fuller, A. James, ed. The Election of 1860 Reconsidered. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2013. LC Call Number: E440 .E45 2013 [Catalog Record]
Fite, Emerson David. The Presidential Campaign of 1860. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1911.
LC Call Number: E440 .F54 [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Good, Timothy S. Lincoln for President: An Underdog’s Path to the 1860 Republican Nomination. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009.
LC Call Number: E457 .G63 2009 [Catalog Record]
Green, Michael S. Lincoln and the Election of 1860. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011. [Catalog Record]
Luthin, Reinhard H. The First Lincoln Campaign. 1944; rpt. Gloucester, Mass.: P. Smith, 1964.
LC Call Number: E440 .L85 1964 [Catalog Record]
Kent, Zachary. The Story of the Election of Abraham Lincoln. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1986.
LC Call Number: E440 .K46 1986 [Catalog Record]
Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr., ed. The Election of 1860 and the Administration of Abraham Lincoln. Philadelphia: Mason Crest Publishers, 2003.
LC Call Number: E440 .E44 2003 [Catalog Record]
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