Please visit the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum website for hours of operation, a schedule of programs and other information. The Reference collection is open to researchers by appointment only. Walk-in hours may be available during the week from 8 am to 4 pm. To schedule an appointment please contact the Archivist at 423-869-6304.
Interested in seeing some of the museum virtually? Check out the virtual tour of the museum lead by our Director, Thomas Mackie, our Curator Steven Wilson and our Docent Duane Roop.
Scope of Collections
The ALLM collections are dedicated to the enduring memory and influence of the Nation’s 16th President Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War as reflected in the Mission Statement. The ALLM collections consist of artifacts, photographs, and papers relating to the life and context of Abraham Lincoln including his early years in Kentucky, his formative years in Indiana, his time in Illinois, his local and national political career and his family; Lincolniana also know as Lincoln related art and printed material including popular, mass produced items for public consumption, and commissioned pieces created by professional artists for public display. These pieces reflect the cultural memory of Abraham Lincoln in American society and anywhere around the world where his image, name, and influence is recognized. Civil War military history focusing on the Appalachian theater of the U.S. Civil War; the materials center on Lincoln’s interest in the upland-south region and its pro-union sympathizes. The Museum has a number of collections; click on the collection name to view the finding aid.
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Mission Statement:
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) is dedicated to identifying, preserving, and making available the collections concerning Abraham Lincoln, his contemporaries, the American Civil War, and the study of Lincolniana. The ALLM promotes public awareness and appreciation of the life of the 16th President, the field of Lincolniana, and the themes and forces that contributed to the era of conflict of the Civil War. The ALLM supports the research needs of LMU faculty, staff, students as well as the community and general researchers. The ALLM promotes awareness through workshops, seminars, forums, courses, outreach programs, and research opportunities for individuals and groups to examine the collections.
The ALLM recognizes that it holds its collections in trust for the Nation. The ALLM is committed to maintaining the professional and ethical standards as set forth by the American Association of Museums and Society of American Archivists. The ALLM recognizes its responsibility to ensure the growth, development, use, and care of the collections in its care. The ALLM further recognizes its responsibility to prevent the loss of collections by deterioration, mismanagement, or indiscriminate dispersal.
How to search for Items in the Museum’s collection
The Museum’s collections are primarily cataloged into an internal system that is not accessible to the general public. However, the Carnegie-Vincent Library catalog, Piper, does contain records for a number of the Museum’s holdings. To search for these records go to the Piper catalog, limit the search to location: “Lincoln library at ALLM” and complete your search as normal. Click here to see a list of collections held in the Museum.
Watch a video with some helpful seraching tips.
If you are interested in viewing any of these items please contact the Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-869-6304 to set up an appointment.
- A Virtual Tour of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
- Collections held in the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
- Abraham Lincoln Collection: Personal Papers
- George B Cockrell Papers
- Oliver Otis Howard Papers
- Pamphlet Collection Finding Aid
- The Abraham Lincoln Collection Scope Notes
- The Abraham Lincoln Collection: Legal Papers
- The Abraham Lincoln Collection: Miscellaneous
- The Cassius Marcellus Clay papers