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This collection contains a variety of materials broken down into six series, most of which relates to Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War. The first, Abraham Lincoln Legal Documents, contains documents penned and/or signed in Lincoln’s hand, including legal proceedings, affidavits, and jury notes. The second series, Abraham Lincoln Correspondence, contains letters Lincoln created over the course of his legal career and presidency. Miscellaneous Legal Documents make up the next series and feature documents created by many of Lincoln’s associates such as Stuart, Logan, and Herndon. Series four, Miscellaneous Correspondence, holds letters from elite politicians, many of which concern slavery, abolition, the Republican party, and the Civil War. Series five holds miscellaneous materials including autographs from Lincoln contemporaries, Emilie Todd Helm’s diary, and various pieces of nineteenth-century ephemera. Last, series six includes various pieces of oversized materials, which primary consists of nineteenth-century broadsides.


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Government correspondence| Law| Legal correspondence| Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Assassination| Politics and government| Politics and war| Slavery| United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.| Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873| Colfax, Schuyler, 1823-1885| Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889| Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold), 1813-1861| Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872| Herndon, William H. (William Henry), 1818-1891| Hamlin, Hannibal, 1809-1891| Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865| Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882| Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926| Seward, William H. (William Henry), 1801-1872| Stanton, Edwin M. (Edwin McMasters), 1814-1869| Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874