What we collect

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library collects published and unpublished materials in two areas—Illinois history and Abraham Lincoln.

Illinois history is defined broadly to include politics, culture, religion, business, labor, and family life.  The Library is interested in books and records relating to famous Illinoisans and others less-well-known who were witnesses to history.  Examples of materials the Library seeks include: rare books, personal papers, organizational and business records, bound family histories, prints, photographs, newspapers, and video and sound recordings.

Items are carefully selected for inclusion in the Lincoln Collection.  The Library is interested in acquiring artifacts, papers, manuscripts, and both published and unpublished items associated with Abraham Lincoln, his family, and associates.

To inquire about a possible donation, contact:

Ian Hunt
Acquisitions Chief
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 524-5939

Email:  ian.hunt@illinois.gov​