MS Am 2605
Miscellaneous documents relating to Abraham Lincoln, circa 1838-1948: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Am 2605
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Miscellaneous documents relating to Abraham Lincoln, circa 1838-1948.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (3 boxes, 1 portfolio box)
Language of materials: Materials in English and German.
Abstract: Miscellaneous letters, documents, and memorabilia to and about Abraham Lincoln concerning
his family, political career, assassination, and aspects of the American Civil War.
Received from various sources at various times. Accession information is given with
the item entry. The last addition to this collection was made 2012 June 25.
Processed by: Melanie Wisner
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Miscellaneous Documents Relating to Abraham Lincoln, circa 1838-1948 (MS Am 2605).
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) served as the sixteenth President
of the United States from March 4, 1861 until his assassination.
Arranged alphabetically by author or title.
Includes legal documents from Abraham Lincoln's legal practice; letters written to
Lincoln, including recommending names for various appointed offices and volunteering
service; ballots and voting records, some from Lincoln's home state of Illinois; campaign
insignia, including tintypes, cartes-de-visite (card photographs), and a stereograph;
correspondence, documents, and memorabilia relating to Lincoln's assassination, its
effects, and its aftermath generally as well as specific memorial activities, including
mezzotints, sketches, and cameos; and a few documents more generally concerned with
the American Civil War and slavery.
- Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson : tintype portraits back-to-back in round metal pendant setting with black mourning ribbon and woven flag, 1864. 1 folders(FRAGILE: housed at end of collection)
Tintype of Johnson is damaged.
With text on recto: For President Abraham Lincoln; on verso: For Vice President Andrew
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2008M-76. Purchased with funds from the Susan A. E. Morse Fund, 2009 March 9.
- The Abraham Lincoln log cabin : photograph, 1891. 1 items(pf)
Photograph annotated: Copyrighted 1891 by Abraham Lincoln Log Cabin Ass'n.
Mounted on board with caption: This log cabin was built by Abraham Lincoln and his
father on Goose Nest Prairie, near Farmington, Illinois, in 1831.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2009-1066 (4). Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston Kilgour and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund,
2010 January 4.
- Ballots for national election, 1860.
- Confederate States of America: Davis/Stephens. 3 items in folder.
- Constitutional Union Party (U.S.): Bell/Everett. 3 items in folder.
- Democratic Party (U.S.): Douglas/Johnson. 5 items in folder.
- Democratic Party (U.S.) (Southern): Breckinridge/Lane. 3 items in folder.
- Ballots for national election, 1864.
- Democratic Party (U.S.): McClellan/Pendleton. 8 items in folder.
- Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893, depicted. Albumen print of Edwin Booth and Lawrence Barrett, ca. 1885. (pf)
Pasted to board.
Note on verso: Booth & Wallach [the latter a possible misidentification of Barrett
as Lester Wallack, an actor and playwright].
Edwin Booth was the brother of John Wilkes Booth.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2011M-93. Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund, 2011 December.
- Constitutional Club (Walton, N.Y.). Constitution of the Constitutional Club in Walton (N.Y.) : manuscript, ca. 1861. 1 folders
The proposed club vows to "maintain in its integrity The Constitution 'established
and ordained' by Washington and his associates" and to protect the "starry banner
of our Union" from the "foul stains of secessionism" and the "croaking ravens of abolition
Acquired with and possibly in the same hand as the draft constitution of the Habeas Corpus Club (see below).
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2011M-96. Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund, 2012 March 9.
- Grubb, Joseph C. Joseph C. Grubb papers, 1861-1873. 1 folders
Grubb, of Wilmington (Del.), was a friend and supporter of Lincoln and director of the Wilmington Institute. Includes:
- Bell, Sanford. Autograph manuscript letter to Joseph C. Grubb, 1861 February 14.
Replying to Grubb's letter of February 6, regretting that Grubb's invitation to the
president arrived after Lincoln's departure.
- Childs, George W. Autograph manuscript letter to Joseph C. Grubb, 1873 January 22.
Written on executive mansion stationery, concerning arrangements for a presidential
visit to Grubb.
- Coleman, Leighton. Autograph manuscript letter to Joseph C. Grubb, 1863? May 23.
Writing on behalf of the corresponding secretary of the Wilmington Institute, thanking Grubb for donation of a portrait of John Bright.
- Grubb, Joseph C. Autograph manuscript letter (letter book copy) to Sanford Bell, 1861 February 6.
Grubb, a friend of Bell who was in turn a friend of Lincoln, offers lodging to Lincoln
and his "own and his official family" at Grubb's estate near Wilmington (Del.).
- Grubb, Joseph C. Manuscript letter to Abraham Lincoln, 1863 September 3.
Offering a portrait of John Bright.
- Holt, Joseph, 1807-1894. Autograph manuscript and manuscript letters signed to Mrs. S. L. Gouverneur, 1888-1893. 1 folders
With printed broadside, "Orders for the organization of the military commission for the trial of Mrs. Surratt", 1865.
Letters concern Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt's prosecution of conspirators in
the Lincoln assassination and the execution of Mary E. (Mary Eugenia) Surratt; Holt maintained he had recommended mercy for Mrs. Surratt.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2011M-45. Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston Kilgour and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund,
2011 August 1.
- Lincoln, Thomas, 1853-1871 : photograph, undated. 1 folders
Abraham Lincoln's son, Tad, shown wearing a military uniform.
Print from original negative by Meserve.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2009-1066 (11). Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston Kilgour and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund,
2010 January 4.
- Maynard, George C. "Lincoln assassination as I, Mr. Maynard saw the tragedy" : typescript with manuscript note, before 1927. 1 folders
The writer was employed as a cipher operator in the U.S. War Department telegraph
With a cover letter from L. W. Maynard (Mrs. George C. Maynard) to Mr. Heitmuller, 1927 May 1, about the account.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2008M-64. Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund, 2009 January 6.
- Mullen, photographer. Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893 : imperial photograph, ca. 1857. (7 x 13.75 inches)1 folder.
Annotation on verso: Edwin Booth at 24 years of age.
From the Ed Emerson collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2009-1066 (5). Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston Kilgour and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund,
2010 January 4.
- New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Committee. Letter of appeal to Abraham Lincoln, ca. 1863. 1 folders(pf)
Letter signed by Cuthbert Bullitt and seven other citizens during a period of Union occupation, appealing to the president
for permission to trade beyond military lines.
Letter torn at the folds.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2009-1066 (12). Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston Kilgour and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund,
2010 January 4.
- Stuart & Lincoln. letter to L. M. Ross, 1838 December 19. 1 folders
Abraham Lincoln went into law practice with John Todd Stuart, Mary Todd Lincoln's cousin, in 1837.
With a typed transcript and a typed note.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2011M-20. Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund, 2011 July 20.
- Wright, John B., Mrs. Papers concerning the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, 1892-1901 and undated.
Mrs. Wright, Annie P. Wright, was an actress and wife of the stage manager of Ford's Theatre, J. B. (John B.) Wright; she witnessed the assassination.
- Wright, John B., Mrs. Correspondence with A. E. Fostell, 1892-1901 and undated. 1 folders
Chiefly concerning memorabilia of the assassination. With a clipping giving a secondhand account of Mrs. Wright's witnessing of the assassination and of
her ownership of a lock of Lincoln's hair; and a note by Fostell on the verso of one
letter concerning the lock of hair.