Publication Date

June 1, 2010

Perspectives Section

Perspectives Daily


Archives, Political

Even 200 years later our 16th President Abraham Lincoln continues to be studied, researched, and reinvented. Whether you’re teaching students history, conducting scholarly work, or casually satisfying your curiosity, here are some Lincoln resources you may want to check out.

The Lincoln Archives Digital Project
In 2002 the Lincoln Archives Digital Project set out to digitize all the records from the Lincoln administration and make them available online. While they continue toward this goal they have already put online over 6,000 documents and digitized 500,000 more. While much of the content requires users to pay and subscribe for access, the site does offer “free access to entry descriptions, the index of documents at the ’box’ level [see for example], a timeline of President Lincoln’s life, Civil War photographs“ and more.

American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
The Forum Network, from PBS and NPR, presents a number of free audio and video lectures on a number of different topics. One series they have focuses on Lincoln. Hear Eric Foner’s “New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World,” Douglas Wilson’s “Lincoln, The Reader,” and more.

National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History offers the online exhibit: Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life.” They also have posted online a number of videos of talks from their Lincoln lecture series, including:

  • Uneasy Partners: Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, LBJ and Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Lincoln, the Smithsonian, and Science
  • Lincoln, Race and the American Presidency
  • The Brass Letters of Citizenship: Lincoln, African Americans and Military Service

Times Topics: Abraham Lincoln
The New York Times has aggregated content on Lincoln. Find photos, articles, discussions, book reviews and more.

For even more Lincoln resources (from papers, to podcasts, timelines), see our blog post “In Memoriam: Abraham Lincoln,” from last year.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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