The Audiovisual Collection is home to vast holdings of photographic negatives, print photograph, broadsides, audio and film recordings; including early photographs dating back to the 1840's to oral history interviews from the present day.

Highlights from the Audiovisual Collection include:

Photographs: More than 400,000 photographs that visually document Illinois' rich history including pre-statehood, Civil War, prominent families including Abraham Lincoln, labor and industries.

Broadsides: Over 5,000 broadside posters relating to general advertising to World War I and World War II propaganda material.

Audio and Film: Primarily consisting of over audiotapes and film relating to Illinois governors, but also include oral history interviews of Illinoisans. 

Tools and Guides for Audiovisual Materials

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Oral History Program

Audiovisual Material Finding Aids

Boys in Blue Database

Chronicling Illinois

Research Appointments

Collections must be used in the Research Room.  Appointments are recommended.  To make an appointment, contact the Audio Visual Department at (217) 785-7955, or email Requests to view materials may be made in advance through Aeon, please visit our Plan Your Visit page for more information.

Reproduction of Images

To order an image, please submit a request through Aeon, our online ordering system. Please thoroughly review our copyright statement and fee schedule. Personal photographs may be taken in the Research Room, please review our Camera Policy.


Megan Klintworth, MLIS
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL.  62701
(217) 785-7955