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  1. Article number 1 - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
  2. Article number 2 - Audio-Visual
  3. Article number 3 - Manuscripts
  4. Article number 4 - Printed Materials
  5. Article number 5 - Newspapers
  •  Lincoln Museum

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is a dynamic institution with ever-expanding collections that are essential to understanding the history of Illinois and its most famous citizen, Abraham Lincoln. All researchers—genealogists, scholars, students, and those studying historical issues of personal interest—are welcome.
  •  Members of the 8th Regiment


    Members of the 8th Regiment Illinois National Guard who helped to quell the 1908 Springfield Race Riot. All departments of the Library hold resources about this blot on the capital city’s history.
  •  Paul Simon


    Paul Simon, newspaper editor and Illinois senator, posed with a statue of another favorite son of Illinois. The Library’s Manuscripts Collection holds papers of many Illinois politicians, including Paul Simon
  •  Avery

    Printed Materials

    Located in Peoria, the Avery Co. manufactured agricultural implements. This is one example from the collection of historical agricultural products catalogs that are in the Library collection.
  •  Capitol building at Kaskaskia


    Illinois' first state capitol, at Kaskaskia, 1818–1820. The Library holds images, copies of laws, and other materials that tell the history of Illinois’ capitol buildings.

Dear Researchers:

As part of our commitment to provide you with better and more efficient library services, we are pleased to inform you that we are upgrading our electronic shelving system. From May 14 through August 15, 2018, delays may be experienced in the retrieval of library material from our stacks. 

To ensure the upgrade causes you as little disruption as possible, please submit research requests in advance of your visit.  You may email or speak to a librarian at 217-524-6358.

Thank you very much for your patience and we appreciate the opportunity to serve you.   

Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves." Abraham Lincoln