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Lincoln Originals at Cincinnati Museum Center

Introduction

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865)

Lincoln Originals at Cincinnati Museum Center is an online exhibition to commemorate the life and career of Abraham Lincoln. The exhibition features digital scans of primary historical documents in Abraham Lincoln's hand, or signed by him, drawn from the diverse manuscript holdings at Cincinnati Museum Center.

The exhibit consists of approximately a dozen documents, arranged chronologically, with accompanying text, captions, transcriptions, and images. The original documents span the period from 1859 to 1864 and cover a variety of topics, from routine matters to important issues.

Included are letters from Lincoln to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, Reverend William Nast, and a handwritten copy of Lincoln's Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction.

The exhibition is part of Cincinnati Museum Center's continuing effort to digitize its historical resources and make them available to the widest possible audience.