When the Lincoln Museum closed, it was a sad day for those of us who love our history and particularly the history of our 16th president. Few presidents have been studied the way Abraham Lincoln has and for good reason. Born into poverty, self-educated, blessed with a strong intellect and a wonderful sense of humor, this physically unattractive man proved what great leadership is all about. The Lincoln Museum’s collection was gifted to the State of Indiana to be housed at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis and the downtown Allen County Public Library, under the umbrella of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. According to Jane Gastineau, Lincoln Librarian, the entire collection is valued at approximately $20 million. “There are the 18,000 books and pamphlets and 7000 prints and engravings. We have over 6000 described photos, mostly 19th-century. There are 26 known surviving copies of the Leland Boker printing of the 13th Amendment signed by Lincoln—LFFC has one. We have 160 signed documents, plus 270 letters written to Lincoln after his election in 1860.” Indianapolis received the three-dimensional objects and Fort Wayne has the papers, books, photographs and other reference materials which are being digitized on site. Dale Ogden, chief curator of cultural history of the Indiana State Museum, said in an on-line article at www.civilwarnews.comt, “One reason the archival materials are staying in Fort Wayne is because Allen County Public Library has … ‘one of the country’s largest genealogical resources and a lot of experience with scanning documents and making them available.’” Gastineau and Adriana Maynard gave Nicole Griffetts, our education coordinator, Karen Butler-Clary, our registrar, and me a tour recently of the storage, display areas and work areas of the Lincoln Collection at ACPL.
The Lincoln Collection at the Allen County Public Library
Posted on June 09, 2015 at 3:01:00 am by The History Center