The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana is a collection of more than 11,100 items donated to the Library of Congress in 1953; the items encompass not only President Lincoln’s life (1809-1865), but also the events of the time, particularly slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Currently, 1,300 items are available online. Created between 1824 and 1931, the digitized items include newspapers, Lincoln’s law papers, sheet music, broadsides, prints, cartoons, maps, drawings, letters, campaign tickets, and more.
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These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.
- Lincoln's Letters
- Objects in the Collection
- Collection Highlights
- Catalog of the Stern Collection
- Stern's Gift of Linconiana to the Nation
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
Related Collections and Exhibits
- With Malice Towards None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition
- Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
- Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society
- Civil War Maps
- The Hotchkiss Map Collection
- Washington during the Civil War: the Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865
- Civil War Photographs
- A Century of Lawmaking
Recommended additional sources of information.
Specific guidance for searching this collection
For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.