Cataloging & Acquisitions
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Holdings: The manuscript holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library consist of over 6,000 individual manuscript collections containing more than 10.8 million unpublished items. Among them are letters and diaries from Civil War soldiers, as well as the papers of Illinois businesses, individuals, and government officials. There are particularly interesting collections dealing with slavery in Illinois, the state's place in westward expansion, the Federal Writers Project, labor history, education, and more.
Research Appointments: Use of the Library's
manuscript collections is restricted to the Manuscript Reading
Room. Appointments to use the collections are recommended. Contact
the Manuscripts Reading Room desk at (217) 558-8855, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The manuscript collections are open 9:00 am to 5:00
pm, Monday through Friday. Personal computers are welcome; cameras and scanners are not permitted.
Copies and Use Permission: The Library will photocopy a reasonable number of pages from specifically cited material in the manuscript collections for a researcher's personal reference use if duplication can be done without injury to the materials. The Library therefore reserves the right to decline any order. Because of staff and time limitations, it may be necessary to limit the number of copies made. The responsibility to ascertain copyright rests with the user. However, if staff are aware of any restrictions, the material will not be duplicated. Copies may not be further reproduced, nor may they be deposited in another repository. Permission to quote extensively must be secured in writing from the Presidential Library. To order photocopies or to request permission to use copies for purposes beyond personal research reference contact the Manuscripts Curator.
Cheryl Schnirring, Manuscripts Curator
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Manuscripts reading room desk: (217) 558-8855