Letters to Lincoln

The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress contains approximately 40,550 documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln, lawyer, representative from Illinois, and 16th president of the United States. Of these, 20,000 items are available online, and around half have been transcribed already. Our goal is to transcribe the remaining materials to make them searchable for one and all. Transcribe documents written by a large number of correspondents, including friends and associates from Lincoln’s Springfield days, well-known political figures and reformers, and individuals and organizations writing to their president.

We celebrated Abraham Lincoln's birthday in 2020 with a challenge asking volunteers to complete Letters to Lincoln 1865-1889 by the end of Presidents' Week. See challenge outcomes in History Hub.

This campaign launched October 24, 2018 and completed July 9, 2020. Volunteer transcriptions now enable search and access for this collection at loc.gov.

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