Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana - This site displays part of Stern's collection of materials related to Abraham Lincoln, including Lincoln's law papers, sheet music, broadsides, cartoons, maps, drawings, letters, campaign tickets, and other ephemeral items dated between 1824 and 1931. It is from the Library of Congress.

From the site:

Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960) of Chicago presented his outstanding collection of Lincolniana to the Library of Congress in 1953. Begun by Mr. Stern in the 1920s, the collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a large body of publications concerning the issues of the times including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and related topics.

The collection contains more than 11,100 items. 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. The books and pamphlets in this collection are scheduled for digitization at a later date.

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