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[Detail] Lincoln Centennial Association


Collection Overview

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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Historical Eras

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  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877

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