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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum brings to life Abraham Lincoln’s story through immersive exhibits and displays of original artifacts. Find out how to make the most of your visit, whether you are traveling alone or with family, friends, or a group. While we hope to whet your appetite for a visit to the Museum, you will find entertaining and educational online resources (see, for instance, the Online Lincoln Collection), an array of learning materials, and ideas on how to plan your visit. Perhaps you wish to host an event at the Museum. The Museum and the adjacent Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library offer beautiful venues settings for one-of-a-kind meetings and social occasions.

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. Through a roster of activities and projects including symposia, tours, student essay competitions, teacher scholarships, a newsletter, and annual awards to recognize special contributions to the field of Lincoln studies, the Forum endeavors to enhance the understanding and preserve the memory of Abraham Lincoln.

The Lincoln Group of Boston

Founded more than three score and nineteen years ago with the stated purpose: “to interchange ideas about Abraham Lincoln; to promote the study of his life and times; to assist in the investigation of his career; and to distribute authentic information about his work and character.”

The Lincoln Group of Boston meets several times a year. Our luncheon gatherings are informal and allow our members, whether old friends or recent acquaintances, to discuss research and scholarship in the Lincoln field.

Charles Woodberry McLellan Collection of Lincolniana

A collection, comprising 30,000+ items in various media, of materials by and about Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, and about the historical and political context of his life and career, chiefly the U.S. Civil War and its causes and aftermath. The collection of Charles Woodberry McLellan (1836-1918), one of five great Lincoln collectors at the turn of the 20th century, was acquired for Brown University in 1923 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Class of 1897, and others, in memory of John Hay, Class of 1858, one of Lincoln's White House secretaries; in the ensuing 75 years it has been increased to more than five times its original size.

William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana

The Rev. William Eleazar Barton (1861-1930) was one of the early twentieth century's most prominent writers and lecturers on the life of Abraham Lincoln. Born in Sublette, Illinois, in the same year Lincoln assumed the presidency, Barton grew up in an environment heavily influenced by reverence for Lincoln. After pursuing undergraduate studies at Berea College in Kentucky, Barton earned his divinity degree from the Oberlin Theological Seminary in 1890. He served parishes in Tennessee, Ohio, and Massachusetts before becoming the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Oak Park, Illinois, a position he held until his retirement in 1924. Four years later, Barton accepted an appointment as lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, where he also organized and served as pastor of the Collegeside Congregational Church.

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

The collection contains more than 11,100 items. This online release presents over 1,300 items with a over 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. The books and pamphlets in this collection are scheduled for digitization at a later date.

Lincoln Memorial: Photograph Attribution: Ad Meskens

Abraham Lincoln's contemporaries did not require historical perspective to recognize his monumental impact on the nation. Lincoln not only saved the Union, preserving both its government and boundaries, he reinvigorated the nation's founding principle - that all men are created equal. No national memorial had been contemplated for any president except George Washington, yet talk of building one to Lincoln began even as he lingered on his deathbed. There was an obvious appropriateness to the concept that Lincoln, the preserver of the Union, should join Washington, the founder of that Union, in being honored on the National Mall. Even the location of the Lincoln Memorial reflects this great symmetry in thought and design. The Capitol Building lies on a direct line with the monument to Washington, the president at the time Capitol construction was begun, and with the memorial to Lincoln, the president at the time the Capitol finally was completed.

Lincoln Memorial University Archives

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) is dedicated to identifying, preserving, and making available the collections concerning Abraham Lincoln, his contemporaries, the American Civil War, and the study of Lincolniana. The ALLM promotes public awareness and appreciation of the life of the 16th President, the field of Lincolniana, and the themes and forces that contributed to the era of conflict of the Civil War. The ALLM supports the research needs of LMU faculty, staff, students as well as the community and general researchers. The ALLM promotes awareness through workshops, seminars, forums, courses, outreach programs, and research opportunities for individuals and groups to examine the collections.

Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia

to study the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln

to engage new generations in understanding his dedication to equality and liberty under law and his attitude “with malice toward none, with charity for all;"

to educate about his vision “that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library

The Grant Presidential Collection consists of some 15,000 linear feet of correspondence, research notes, artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia and includes information on Grant’s childhood from his birth in 1822, his later military career, Civil War triumphs, tenure as commanding general after the war, presidency, and his post-White House years until his death in 1885. There are also 4,000 published monographs on various aspects of Grant’s life and times.

Congressional and Political Research Center

The Congressional and Political Research Center provides access to to its numerous holdings of U. S. Congressional collections, papers of Mississippi legislators and other state offices, and local materials of various kinds, donated to the Center by the individuals whose public service careers they reflect. Oral histories, extensive photograph collections and memorabilia enhance the collections. The Center is anchored by the collections of University alumnus U. S. Senator John C. Stennis, who served from 1947-1989, and U. S. Congressman G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery, who served from 1967-1997.

Special Collections

The Special Collections Department contains manuscripts, rare books, and other unique historical materials documenting the history of Mississippi State University, Mississippi, the South, and beyond. These materials are preserved and organized for the use of students, faculty and other researchers, and include correspondence; photographs; films; audio recordings; personal, family and business records; architectural drawings; maps; newspapers; literary manuscripts; artifacts and memorabilia; and MSU publications and records.