The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is a research library of special interest to those engaged in the study of Illinois history, the life and impact of Abraham Lincoln, and family history.  In one place, researchers can find the largest collection of Illinois history materials, an unparalleled archive of Lincoln papers and artifacts, a multi-million-item collection of manuscript materials, audio-visual materials dating from the founding of photography to the present day, and an unequalled holding of Illinois newspapers on microfilm.

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