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Lincoln Originals at Cincinnati Museum Center

Complete List

Items Shown in this Exhibit

From the Introduction:

Photo of Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Photo
Photograph Collection

From 1859:

Image of John Brown Image of John Brown
Photograph Collection
Letter to Dungy Letter from Abraham Lincoln to
William Dungy, Nov. 2, 1859

Manuscript Collection:
Whelpley Autograph Collection, Mss qW567 RM.
1859 Lithograph Lithograph of Abraham Lincoln's Speech
in Cincinnati, Sept. 17, 1859

Photograph Collection

From 1860:

Photo of Lincoln in 1860 Photo of Lincoln in 1860
Photograph Collection
Letter to Follett Letter from Abraham Lincoln to
Oran Follett, June 18, 1860

Manuscript Collection:
Oran Follett Papers, Mss qF667C RM
Letter to Clay Letter from Abraham Lincoln to
General Cassius M. Clay, Aug. 10, 1860

Manuscript Collection: Mss VF 4315
Campaign Poster 1860 Presidential Campaign Poster
Broadside Collection

From 1861:

Image of the Burnet House Image of the Burnet House
Photograph Collection
Reception Committee Ribbon

Reception Committee Ribbon,
Feb. 12, 1861

History Object Collection

Letter to Chase Letter from Abraham Lincoln to
Salmon P. Chase, May 16, 1861

Manuscript Collection: Mss VF 3017

From 1862:

Photo of Lincoln at Antietam Photo of Lincoln at Antietam,
Oct. 3, 1862

Photograph Collection
Letter to Welles Letter from Abraham Lincoln to
Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy,
March 11, 1862

Manuscript Collection: Mss VF 3753
Pardon of R. B. Stalker Pardon of R. B. Stalker,
March 31, 1862

Manuscript Collection: Mss fA939p RFM
Letter to Clay Letter from Abraham Lincoln to
General Cassius M. Clay, Sept. 14, 1862

Manuscript Collection: Cist Family Papers, Mss qC579
Exequatur of George Garlichs Exequatur of George H. Garlichs as
Vice-Consul of Denmark at Cincinnati,
Nov. 26, 1862

Manuscript Collection: Mss fL736 Folio File
Note to Clay Note from Abraham Lincoln to
General Cassius M. Clay, Dec. 13, 1862

Manuscript Collection: Cist Family Papers, Mss qC579

From 1863:

Image of Frederick Douglass Image of Frederick Douglass
Photograph Collection
Request by H.E. Bridge & Co. Request by H.E. Bridge & Co.,
July 21, 1863

Manuscript Collection: Mss VF 3017
Proclamation Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction,
Dec. 8, 1863

Manuscript Collection: Mss VF 2491
Image of the Great Western Sanitary Fair Image of the Great Western Sanitary Fair
at Cincinnati, Dec. 1863

Photograph Collection
Letter from Sherman Letter from John Sherman,
Dec. 15, 1863

Manuscript Collection: Mss VF 2491

From 1864:

Photo of the White House Photo of the White House in 1864
Photograph Collection
Letter to Chase Letter from Abraham Lincoln to
Salmon P. Chase, May 3, 1864

Manuscript Collection: Mss VF 3017
Letter to Nast Letter from Abraham Lincoln to
William Nast, Oct. 31, 1864

Manuscript Collection: Mss VF 4328
1864 Sample Ballot 1864 Presidential Campaign
Sample Ballots

Ephemera Collection

From 1865:

Photo of Lincoln in 1865 Photo of Lincoln in 1865
Photograph Collection
Announcement of Booth Performance Announcement of Performance
by Junius Booth, April 14, 1865

Newspaper Collection
Mourning Ribbon Mourning Ribbon, 1865
History Object Collection

Related Research Materials

The Cincinnati History Library and Archives has the following items available for further research.

Books:

Abraham Lincoln: his speeches and writings. Cleveland : World Publishing Co., 1946.
q973.7/L736
Autobiography of Abraham Lincoln. New York : F.D. Tandy Co., 1905.
[Contains short biographical sketches Lincoln wrote of himself, usually for campaign material].
B/L736au
Ecelbarger, Gary L. The Great Comeback: how Abraham Lincoln beat the odds to win the Republican nomination. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008.
973.7092/E17
Lincoln day by day: a chronology, 1809-1865. Comp. by U.S. Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission. Washington, D.C. : 1960.
B/L736UL
Lincoln memorial: the journeys of Abraham Lincoln: from Springfield to Washington, 1861, as president elect; and from Washington to Springfield, 1865 as president martyred… Columbus, Ohio : s.n., 1865
B/L736Co
Lincoln, Robert Todd. A Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in letters by his oldest son. Chicago: The Chicago Historical Society, 1968
B/qL736lin
Lives and Speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin. Columbus : Follett, Foster & Co., 1860.
B/L736ho
Lloyd, John A. Vignettes of Lincoln. Cincinnati: Union Central Life Insurance Co., 1974.
B/L735LJ
Memorial Record of the nation’s tribute to Abraham Lincoln. Washington, D.C. : W.H. Morrison, 1865.
B/L736mor
Meserve, Frederick Hill. The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln. New York : Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1944.
779/L736
Miller, Francis Trevelyan. Portrait Life of Lincoln.. Springfield, Mass. : Patriot Publishing, 1910.
B/fL736mi
The Writings of Abraham Lincoln. New York and London : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1905-06.
308/L736
Ceremonies and Re-enactment of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the First Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1961. Washington Govt. Printing office, 1962.
B/L736us
For additional biographies, search the online catalog

Pamphlets:

"The Campaign in Illinois : last joint debate. Douglas and Lincoln at Alton, Illinois." Washington : Lemuel Towers, 1858.
PAM/324.7/C186
"Address by Abraham Lincoln of Illinois in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 17, 1859." Cincinnati, Ohio : Charles F. Lotz, 1910.
This pamphlet accompanied the lithograph of Lincoln's 1859 speech in Cincinnati
PAM/815/L736c
"Address of the Hon. Abraham Lincoln…delivered at Cooper Institute, February 27th, 1860." New York : George F. Nesbitt, 1860.
PAM/815/L736co
"After fifty years : a Lincoln Day program." Cincinnati : Freedmen’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal church, 1916?.
PAM/287.7714/A258
Clark, Alexander. "Memorial sermon, preached on the funeral day of Abraham Lincoln, …at Union Chapel, Cincinnati." Cincinnati : Masonic Review Office, [1865].
PAM/B/L736Cm
Currie, C. George. "President Lincoln : an address delivered in Trinity Church, Covington, Ky., April 16th, 1865." Covington, Ky. : s.n., 1865.
PAM/L736Cur
Gaddis, Maxwell Pierson. "Sermon upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln delivered in Pike’s Opera House, April 16, 1865." Cincinnati : Times Steam Book and Job Office, 1865.
PAM/B/L736Ga
Lincoln Centennial Memorial Association (Cincinnati, Ohio). "Program of celebration commemorating the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln : Cincinnati, Music Hall, February 12, 1909."
PAM/B/L736ce
Lloyd, John A. "Lincoln in Cincinnati." [Cincinnati : Queen City Optimist Club], 1980.
PAM/B/L736Llo
Mayo, Amory Dwight. "The Nation’s sacrifice. Abraham Lincoln. Two discourses, delivered on Sunday morning, April 16, and Wednesday morning, April 19, 1865, in the Church of the Redeemer, Cincinnati, Ohio." Cincinnati : Robert Clarke & Co., 1865.
PAM/B/L736mn
Ohio Lincoln Sesquicentennial Committee. "The Ohio Lincoln Calendar." Columbus, Ohio : Ohio State Museum, 1959.
PAM/B/L736har
"Opinions of Abraham Lincoln upon slavery and its issues: indicated by his speeches, letters, messages, and proclamations." [Washington : L. Towers for the Union Congressional Committee, 1864].
PAM/326/L736
For additional memorial sermons, search the online catalog

Broadsides:

Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton and Dayton & Michigan Railroads. "To all officers and employees: the funeral ceremonies of the late President of the United States, will take place…the 19th inst… I invite the attendance to said service…"
Broadside/Cincinnati/Transportation

Newspapers:

Cincinnati Daily Gazette, April 15, 1865 "Lincoln assassination."
R.B./071.771/ffC5g, unb. newspaper
Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Sept. 19, 1859, p. 1 "Hon. Abraham Lincoln in Cincinnati."
071.771/fC5g
The Rail Splitter. Cincinnati : Rail Splitter, 1860
R.B./071.771/fC5ra
"To Preserve Historical Associations of Burnet House: Lincoln spoke there and Grant held council." Times-Star, July 5, 1926.
Micro/newspaper/Times-Star
"Speech of Hon. Abr’m Lincoln on the east portico of the Capitol, at Columbus, yesterday." Cincinnati Daily Commercial, Sept. 17, 1859, p. 2.
071.771/fC5cr
"Speech of Hon. Abram Lincoln of Illinois." Cincinnati Daily Commercial, Sept. 19, 1859, p. 1.
071.771/fC5cr
"The Lincoln meeting last evening." The Enquirer, Sept. 18, 1859, p. 2
Micro/newspaper/Enquirer
"Mr. Lincoln and his speech." The Enquirer, Sept. 20, 1859, p. 2
Micro/newspaper/Enquirer
"The Lincoln Demonstration." The Times, Sept. 19, 1859, p. 3.
Micro/newspaper/Times
"Visitors to Cincinnati H-L."
Newspaper scrapbook collection

Photographs:

For additional photographs, see "Portraits-Lincoln" (and oversized) in the General Photograph Files

Archives and Manuscripts:

Transcript of a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Orville Hickman Browning (Eliza Caldwell), April 1, 1838.
Lincoln gives a humorous account of an episode in which he made a marriage proposal that was refused.
Mss VF 4305
Reproduction of a summons in the case of Thomas Aspinwall vs. Thomas Lewis, Willis H. Johnson and John B. Moffett in Circuit Court of Sangamon County, [Illinois], March 1856.
Mss VF 3015
Letter from Mary Curwen to her husband, Maskell Curwen, June 7, 1860.
Curwen briefly mentions Lincoln [due to the excitement following Lincoln's nomination for president in May 1860?]
Maskell Ewing Curwen Papers, Mss qC982
Handwritten draft of a letter from Oran Follett to Abraham Lincoln, June 9, 1860.
Follett discusses New York state politics from 1840 to 1860 and states that "as goes New York will go the Presidential Election of 1860." Lincoln answered this letter on June 18, 1860.
Handwritten draft of a letter from Oran Follett to Abraham Lincoln, October 17, 1861.
Follett asks for a position in the regular army for his nephew.
Oran Follett Papers, Mss qF667C RM
Letter from W. H. Lough to his brother James, Oct. 28, 1860.
Lough predicts Lincoln's victory in November.
Letter from W. H. Lough to Oxer & Lough, Nov. 12, 1860.
Lough mentions Lincoln's "great and glorious victory."
Letter from Robert Miller to Capt. James M. Lough, Sept. 30, 1864.
Miller states that he is enclosing Union tickets for the 1864 election to be given to Union soldiers.
Lough Family Papers, Mss fL887
Typed copies of two newspaper articles about Lincoln's 1861 visit to Cincinnati:
"Mr. Lincoln Enroute to the Federal Capital" Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Feb. 13, 1861.
"The President's Progress" Cincinnati Daily Commercial, Feb. 13, 1861.
Mss VF 511
Letter from Josephine Foster to William H. Lytle, [1861].
Foster mentions the inauguration.
Letter from William H. Lytle to an unnamed colonel, July 10, 1863.
Lytle suggests that Lincoln should "proclaim an amnesty to all rebels who would lay down their arms."
Letter from N. H. Swayne to E. S. Haines, Feb. 19, 1864.
Swayne mentions that Lincoln is favored over Chase.
Lytle Family Papers, Mss qL996P
Handwritten copy of a letter from F. Ball to Secretary of War, Simon Cameron, May 29, 1861.
Handwritten copy of a letter from H. B. Carrington to Abraham Lincoln, May 30, 1861.
Handwritten copy of a letter from William Dennison, Governor of Ohio, to Abraham Lincoln, May 30, 1861.
Handwritten copy of a letter from Lt. Col. A. E. Jones to Abraham Lincoln, May 30, 1861.
These letters urge the president and the secretary of war to accept Col. Peter J. Sullivan and his regiment for military service.
Ohio Volunteer Infantry 10th Regiment Letters, Mss VF 3847
Certificate appointing Donn Piatt as assistant adjutant general of volunteers with rank of captain, Aug. 9, 1861.
Lincoln's signature has been stamped on this document.
Cist Family Papers, Mss qC579
Handwritten copy of a letter from Salmon P. Chase to Abraham Lincoln, May 16, 1862.
Chase discusses the military order of Major General Hunter enfranchising the slaves in his department.
Salmon P. Chase Papers, Mss qC487 RM
Letter from W. P. Prentice to Abraham Lincoln, Dec. 11, 1862.
Prentice resigns his commission as assistant adjutant general and chief of staff to the late Major General O. M. Mitchel.
Ormsby M. Mitchel Papers, Mss qM679 RM
Letter from James Hartley to his wife Melissa Hartley, July 24, 1863.
Hartley talks about Abraham Lincoln staying at the residence on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home in Washington, D.C. He discusses Lincoln's appearance and his carriage.
James Hartley Papers, Mss qH332
Reproductions of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863.
Mss VF 3013
Letter from Salmon P. Chase to Dr. C. F. Schmidt, Aug. 13, 1864.
Chase states that his friends should support Lincoln's renomination.
Salmon P. Chase Papers, Mss VF 4239
Envelope to Rev. William Nast from the President of the United States, [the date is illegible].
This envelope, which was franked by Lincoln's secretary John Hay, was from Lincoln's letter to Nast on October 31, 1864.
Mss VF 4328
A Union presidential ticket for Lincoln and Johnson, Nov. 1864.
The ticket is pasted in a scrapbook.
Willis Miller Kemper Papers, Mss fX K329
Reproductions of a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby, Nov. 21, 1864.
Lincoln thanks her for her five sons who died in battle.
Mss VF 3014
Letter from J. Scott Harrison to [Aaron] Torrence, April 18, 1865.
Harrison explains how he learned the news of Lincoln's assassination while he was in Indianapolis. He says the vice president is "incompetent for the emergency."
Harrison Family Papers, Mss 615
"Two Letters on the Event of April 14, 1865"
This is a pamphlet with reproductions of two letters from Charles Addison Sanford to Edward Payson Goodrich (originally published in Bulletin 47 of the Clements Library, University of Michigan.).
In the April 15, 1865 letter, Sanford tells of being at Ford's Theater the night of Lincoln's assassination.
In the April 18, 1865 letter, he describes viewing Lincoln lying in state in the White House.
Mss VF 3185
Letter from Bassett Langdon to his sister, April 20, [1865].
Langdon states that he witnessed "the funeral obsequies of the President."
Langdon Family Papers, Mss qL273
Photocopy of a letter from James Remley Morris to H. S. Maddock, Nov. 15, 1897.
Morris gives a first-person account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater.
Mss VF 4423
Envelope (frank) of Abraham Lincoln to Jesse K. Dubois of Laurenceville, Illinois, Mar. [14?], no year.
Whelpley Autograph Collection, Mss qW567
Herbert Seeley Bigelow Papers, 1887-1951.
This collection includes several speeches by Herbert Bigelow that discuss Abraham Lincoln.
Mss B592
Lincoln Centennial Memorial Association Records, 1908-1909.
This collection consists of correspondence from many organizations and individuals involved with Cincinnati's centennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Includes a letter from Robert Todd Lincoln, dated Oct. 10, 1908, regretting that he cannot attend the celebration.
Mss 740
Letter from H. R. Probasco to Mrs. A. Howard Hinkle, 1909, regarding Mr. Hinkle's donation towards a Lincoln monument.
Lincoln Centennial Memorial Association Records, Mss VF 3154
"Abraham Lincoln" by George Puchta, Feb. 11, 1933.
This address to the Optimist Club covers Lincoln's life.
Mss VF 682
"Lincoln Bibliography: Its Present Status and Needs," by Ernest James Wessen, May 29, 1940.
A paper read before the Bibliographical Society.
Mss VF 3717
"The Discipline of Defeat," by James B. O'Donnell, April 25, 1949.
This Literary Club paper discusses an 1849 letter from Lincoln to J. M. Lucas.
Mss VF 3631
"Even after 100 Years: Lincoln the Deathless . . . Lincoln the Beloved," by Chester F. Geaslen, April 14, 1965.
This article for the Kentucky Post & Times Star covers Lincoln's assassination and the unveiling of the Lincoln statue in Cincinnati's Lytle Park in 1917.
Mss VF 510