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're celebrating Abraham Lincoln's birth with a challenge! Can we complete Letters to Lincoln 1865-1889 by the end of Presidents' Week (February 21)? Review is the final step to complete a page and we only publish items where every page has been completed. Let's finish out this project so these transcriptions can be published on loc.gov to aid researchers and readers! Volunteers are making great progress so far -- if we hit our goal early, we'll move on to also trying to complete all of 1860.

Keep up with the challenge in History Hub and learn how to become a reviewer in our Help Center.