On Display Now

The following Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection items are on display now at the Allen County Public Library (900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN) in the Fine Book Room Vault.

Case 1: Lincoln Documents

  • Land survey done by AL for Reason Shipley, 1834—not in AL’s hand but noted as “by A. Lincoln”; done while AL worked as surveyor living in New Salem, IL
  • 2 early political letters:
    • 1844 letter to John J. requesting appointment of J.R. Diller to Springfield Post Office position; note signed Lincoln with PS “confidential” note and signed just Lincoln
    • 1850 letter to John Addison—written after Lincoln completed term in Congress and did not receive the appointment to the Land Office he had been promised; Lincoln not happy and has withdrawn from politics so will not expose “persecution” of himself or Addison; will remain loyal to the Whigs and will “serve” Addison when “as soon as I shall see a way”; note last sentence: would not accept the office he was denied now even if offered
  • Photo between letters is earliest photo of Lincoln—1846, taken just before he left to take in congressional seat
  • Large photo above taken in 1860; this print belonged to Robert Todd Lincoln
  • 2 autograph items:
    • “You requested an autograph, and here it is.”
    • Autographed engraving (based on Brady “Cooper Union” photo, 1860); one of several autographed by AL and given to friends/associates
  • 2 law office documents, both 1858:
    • Receipt of payment in Lincoln hand, signed
    • Letter to client written in William Herndon’s hand w/ envelope addressed by Lincoln
  • Presidential documents and photos (photos taken in the year of the associated documents):
    • 2 endorsements:
      • 1861 endorsement of appointing Horatio Taft as page—boy was a friend of Willie and Tad
      • 1865 endorsement (at very bottom of doc)—typical brief endorsement of request for release of prisoner “on taking the oath of Dec. 8, 1863” (Union loyalty oath)
    • Pardon document for Peter Columbus with Lincoln’s full official signature
    • Nov. 27, 1863 note on card cancelling Cabinet meeting—written a week after return from Gettysburg; was ill with variety of smallpox; photo is “Gettysburg photo” taken just before his trip
    • Letter from Vice President Hannibal Hamlin to Lincoln 1862 recommending promotion of Brig. Gen. Hiram G. Berry of Maine (Hamlin’s home state); Lincoln note to submit to Gen. Halleck; doc signed by both President and Vice President (Hamlin signature not visible in display); photo is Hannibal Hamlin
    • 1864 draft of document ordering conscription of 300,000 men—written by secretary and amended in Sec. of War Edwin Stanton’s hand, signed by Lincoln with official signature; conscription order not actually issued; photos of Stanton and Lincoln
    • 1864 “idiot” note re: Cornelius Garvin given to his mother Catharine during her search for Cornelius, who had been sold into the Union Army by the superintendent of the Troy (NY) County Home, where Cornelius was an inmate; news clipping is from the Garvin Collection and includes reference to Catharine having a letter from Lincoln
    • 1864 photograph of Lincoln

Case 2—Lincoln and His Generals

  • Letter from Lincoln introducing Capt. Lavendar to Admiral Dahlgren so that Lavendar can present his invention intended to “remove underwater obstructions” from the paths of ships; photo of Dahlgren
  • U.S. Grant letter and photos:
    • April 1863 letter to Lincoln sent with supporting document to explain why Thomas Knox of the New York Herald newspaper will not be allowed to report from Grant’s headquarters at Vicksburg
    • Large photo—note the original collector’s pencil notations, which are common among earlier collectors, but are NOT good practice
  • Circa 1880s cabinet card photo of “Union Commanders”—includes Sherman, Meade, Grant (as president, not in uniform), Hooker, but not McClellan or Halleck
  • McClellan letter and photos:
    • 1861 letter to Lincoln recommending promotion of J.J. Reynolds of Indiana to Brig. Gen. for Indiana
    • Large “Incidents of the War” photo of Lincoln w/ McClellan (at center facing each other) and others at Antietam; taken on Lincoln’s visit to Mac just before he fired him
  • Hooker doc and photos:
    • General Order relieving Gen. Hooker of command of the Army of the Potomac “by direction of the President” and appointment of Gen. Meade to replace him; dated June 27, 1863, just a few days before the army will fight at Gettysburg
  • Meade letter and photos:
    • Letter from Meade to Lincoln acknowledging receipt of AL’s telegram suspending the execution of an army private; note that the seller of the doc wrote the price in upper left corner—common but NOT good practice
  • Halleck letter and photos:
    • Note from Lincoln to Halleck suggesting the creation of a reserve cavalry corps for the Army of the Potomac; date is missing
  • Sherman letter and photos:
    • Letter from Lincoln to Sherman requesting that Indiana soldiers be allowed to return home to vote in the Indiana state election in October 1864; election would determine state legislature and governor, which would determine state support for the war effort; loss of state election would also threaten loss of Indiana in 1864 presidential election; requests Sherman do whatever he can “safely” do to allow some or all Indiana soldiers to go home and vote, but “this is, in no sense, an order…yourself being the judge of what you can safely do.” Written by secretary, signed by Lincoln. (Page 2 in case is a facsimile; original text is on reverse of first page)

Case 3: Abraham Lincoln’s family (first generation only)

  • Mary Todd Lincoln items
    • Book with her name in it—Vol. 1 of Edward Bulwar Lytton’s spiritualist novel Zanoni; Mary Todd Lincoln became interested in Spiritualism after Willie’s death in 1862
    • Photos (top to bottom)— Mary Todd Lincoln as fashionable First Lady; MTL in mourning after Willie’s death, still fashionable; Mary Todd Lincoln in full mourning, including veil on hat; early retouched photo of Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Lincoln family
    • Above large photo—Lincoln’s home in Springfield with Lincoln, Willie, and Tad behind fence
    • Large photo and CDV on lower right—photo of painting done after Lincoln’s death by combining actual photos of family members: Lincoln and Tad reading, Mary Todd Lincoln seated, Robert behind in uniform (no photo of Robert Todd Lincoln in uniform, but head from photo), portrait on the wall is Willie. Was a popular demand for Lincoln family photos after Lincoln’s death, were not actual photos, so composites like this were used.
    • CDV of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln —also a composite of actual photos
    • CDV of family at lower left—another family composite with Willie reading with Lincoln and Tad on stool at Mary Todd Lincoln’s feet
    • CDV of Mary Todd Lincoln, Willie, and Tad taken shortly before the move to Washington
    • Cased photos in back—Willie and Tad, taken in Springfield c. 1859, Willie age 9, Tad age 6
  • Willie photos (front of case)—taken in Washington in 1861; Willie died of typhoid in February 1862 from drinking water from the Potomac that supplied the White House
  • Tad items
    • Last photo of Tad—taken 1869-70 in Frankfurt, Germany, where he and MTL stayed on their trip to Europe
    • Mrs. Brown’s Visits to Paris—book owed by Tad, bookplate in front indicates it had belonged to William Harlan, Tad’s friend and the younger brother of Mary Harlan Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln’s wife; William may have given it to Tad before Tad’s trip to Europe
    • Tad on his pony at the White House
    • Card written by Lincoln requesting that Tad be given a Navy sword—likely sent to Sec. of the Navy Gideon Wells
    • Photos of Tad in uniform—Tad fascinated by military while in Washington
      • Tad in Zoave uniform with rifle—he added facial hair and sword belt in ink
      • Tad w/ his sword
    • Letter to Tad from 13-year-old boy—sympathy letter to Tad written after AL’s assassination; facsimile of entire letter on exhibit outside The Genealogy Center
  • Robert Todd Lincoln items— Robert Todd Lincoln the only Lincoln son to survive to adulthood, marry, and have children; had 2 girls (Mary/Mamie and Jessie) and 1 boy (Abraham/Jack); Jack died at age 16; Mamie and Jessie married and had children (Mamie’s son Lincoln Isham; Jessie’s children Mary/Peggy and Robert Todd Lincoln/Bud Beckwith). None of that generation had children, so when Bud died in 1985, the Abraham Lincoln family line ended—no descendants.
    • Book about playing chess owned by Robert Todd Lincoln in Springfield, decorative signature with flag dated March 1858
    • Cased photo of Robert Todd Lincoln taken in Springfield in 1858
    • CDV of Robert Todd Lincoln c1861, student at Harvard, taken in Washington
    • Ticket for Class Day event at Harvard listing Robert Todd Lincoln as one of the hosts; served on the planning committee
    • CDV of Robert Todd Lincoln just before his marriage to Mary Harlan
    • Autographed photo of Robert Todd Lincoln as adult