Abraham Lincoln collection
Scope and Contents
This finding aid encompasses accessions of single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts and other papers, by or pertaining to Abraham Lincoln, which the library has chosen to group and list as an artificial collection. Material has been organized into two series: I, Gift of A. Conger Goodyear and II, Additional Materials, materials acquired from various sources.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Box 4 and broadside folder 28: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
The Abraham Lincoln Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Ongoing collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Type of accession (gift or purchase) and date of acquisition is noted in the box-and-folder list. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
1.8 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
Correspondence and writings by and about Abraham Lincoln, and a gold pen used by Lincoln. 4 ALS from Lincoln to Benjamin F. James, William M. Dickson, and to an unidentified recipient. Writings by Lincoln include an autograph praecipe issued by Lincoln for writ in his first law case, "David Woolridge vs. Hawthorne", and a fragment of a speech on slavery. Also present is a letter by Edwin Booth to Colonel A. Badeau concerning Lincoln's assassination by his brother, John Wilkes Booth, two days earlier; two volumes containing letters and writings by and about members of Lincoln's cabinet, including Andrew Johnson, Edwin M. Stanton, a letter to W. P. Fessenden regarding the attack on Petersburg, and Gideon Welles' autographed manuscript recollections on the formation of Lincoln's cabinet. Accompanied by the gold pen used by Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, with accompanying documentation.
This finding aid was produced from previously existing cards in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained. If the collection also contains unlisted or unsorted material, it has been noted in the box-and-folder list. This finding aid will be updated periodically to account for new materials that may be added to the collection. The date of the most recent update is noted on the title page. For information on material that may have been added since the last update, please consult the Public Service Desk.
- Badeau, Adam, 1831-1895
- Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893
- Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865
- Dickson, William M. (William Martin), 1827-1889
- Fessenden, William Pitt, 1806-1869
- James, Benjamin Franklin
- Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875
- Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
- Petersburg Crater, Battle of, Va., 1864
- Stanton, Edwin M. (Edwin McMasters), 1814-1869
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns
- United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln) (Emancipation Proclamation)
- Guide to the Abraham Lincoln Collection
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke Staff
- July 1997
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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