MS Lincoln 1
Lincoln Room collection of miscellaneous papers, 1837-1924: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: b [Lincoln Room]
Call No.: MS Lincoln 1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Lincoln Room collection of miscellaneous papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and other materials by and about Abraham Lincoln primarily collected
by Willaim W. Nolen. There are also documents concerning slaves, particularly in Louisiana.
Most of these manuscripts were part of the Nolen collection of Lincolniana, bequeathed
to Harvard by William W. Nolen, class of 1884, received: 1924-1925.
More specific acquisition information follows each item entry and notes, if it is
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Lincoln Room Collection of Miscellaneous Papers, 1837-1924 (MS Lincoln 1). Houghton
Library, Harvard University.
Arranged into the following series:
Please note that item number 94 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.
- I. Correspondence to, from or about Lincoln
- II. Compositions and documents by Lincoln
- III. Compositions and documents about Lincoln
- IV. Images of Lincoln
- V. Other materials
Includes letters from Lincoln to Samuel Austin Allibone, Robert Todd Lincoln, Caleb
Blood Smith and Charles Sumner and other letters. There are Lincoln legal papers,
proof sheets of his First inaugural address, 8 pencil and wash portraits of Lincoln
by an unidentified artist, and printed materials concerning Lincoln, among other items.
The collection also includes documents concerning the sale of slaves, especially in
- Series: III. Compositions and documents about Lincoln
- (98). The evening star. MS.(unidentified hand); [n.p.] 13 Oct 1860. 5f.(10p.)
A MS. newspaper supporting Abraham Lincoln.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: W. W. Nolen collection,1924.
- Series: IV. Images of Lincoln
- Series: V. Other materials
- (104). List of photostats from Nolen Collection in A.L.s. PF folder : typescript, undated.
- (105). Cut signatures of soldiers and politicians of the American Civil War : AMss, undated.
- (106). Slavery documents : AMssS, DsS, 1765-1853.
Includes the following documents:
- New Orleans (La). Sale of slave Louisa by Catherine Dinet (deceased) to Emile Solny, Alfred L. Solny, and Victor Solny : DMsSS, 1853 Nov. 18. Concerning: a "slave named Louisa, aged about 19 years , cook and housegirl."
She? is the "daughter of the slave Celia or Cecilia purchased from Wm. Cotton on account of exchange ? before Wm. Boswell on the 2d March 1831. Sale made for 824 dollars. Document on blue paper, labeled: No. 256, in English.
- New Orleans (La). Sale of slave Rachel byMadame Luce Coudrain, 1853 Feb. 15. African American slave named Rachel aged about 55, acquired by Adele Coudrain from Louis Adolphe Bayon, 1852 Sept. 4. Also includes names: Antoine Toca and François Varion. Document partially printed, labeld: No. 37. Document written in French.
- New Orleans (La.). Sheriff of the Parish of Orleans. Notice of intention to emancipate the slave Francis aged about 30 years : DsS with
AMs annotations and corrections, 1848 July 21. Notice posted by heirs of Claire Houstin, widow of Jacques Lefebvre. Also includes signatures of the sheriff and the clerk of the district court. This
document is in English and French.
- Wentworth, John. Bill of sale to Hugh Hall Wentworth for African American slave boy named Prince, value 25.00 pouns : AMsS (in the hand
of John Wentworth), Portsmouth, Va?, 1765 Mar. 7.