Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield is a good place to research Illinois ancestors.

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Submit your inquiry at the bottom of the screen.

Address:[1]

112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA

Telephone:[1]  217-558-8844.
Fax:  217-785-6250.

Research hours and holidays:[2]  Mon–Fri 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Closed Sat-Sun and holidays.

Map, directions, parking, and public transportation

  • Directions:[3]
    • from the north on I-55 (Lincoln):  Merge onto I-55 S toward Springfield. Merge onto IL-97 W via EXIT 98B, 3.1 mi. Turn left onto N 5th St, 0.08 mi. Take the 1st left onto E Washington St, 0.07 mi. Take the 1st left onto N 6th St, 0.07 mi. 112 N 6TH ST is on the right.
    • from the east on I-72 (Decatur):  Merge onto I-72 W/US-36 W toward Springfield. Stay straight to go onto IL-97 W/E Clear Lake Ave W. Continue to follow IL-97 W, 2.9 mi. Turn left onto N 5th St, 0.08 mi. Take the 1st left onto E Washington St, 0.07 mi. Take the 1st left onto N 6th St, 0.07 mi. 112 N 6TH ST is on the right.
    • from the south on I-55 (Litchfield):  Merge onto I-55 N toward Springfield. Keep left to take I-55 Bus N via EXIT 92A-B toward 6th Street/I-72 W/Jacksonville, 3.7 mi. Stay straight to go onto S 6th St, 1.0 mi. 112 N 6TH ST is on the right.
    • from the west on I-72 (Jacksonville):  Merge onto I-72 E/US-36 E toward Springfield. Take the I-55 Bus Loop N exit, EXIT 97B, toward 6th Street/Springfield, 0.3 mi. Merge onto I-55 Bus N, 3.1 mi. Stay straight to go onto S 6th St, 1.0 mi. 112 N 6TH ST is on the right.
  • Public transportation:  All SMTD bus routes stop within 5 blocks of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Routes 1, 3, 6, 16, and HS (Historic Sites) stop next to the Library.

Internet sites and databases:

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum about, collections, research, genealogy, programs and exhibits, contact us, and museum.
  • ALPLM Catalog
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    online search by keyword, or by title, author, subject, or series. Also available in WorldCat.
  • Genealogy audio-visual collection, manuscripts, newspapers, oral histories, printed material, directories and guides, beginning your search, catalog search strategies, and requesting genealogical research.

Collection Description

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum absorbed the collection of the Illinois State Historical Library in 2004. This is an excellent reference library for finding Illinois people. Published sources include extensive county histories with an every-name index. Holdings include the Daughters of the American Revolution and State Genealogical Society collections. They have the most extensive collection of newspapers (on microfilm) in Illinois, including some pre-statehood newspapers. Their large manuscript collection has many family papers.[4] [5]

Holdings consist of photos, broadsides, oral histories, 12 million manuscripts items such as letters and diaries of Civil War soldiers, the personal papers of legislators and governors, and the records of businesses, 5,000 newspapers, 72,000 books and pamphlets, 3,000 maps, and 1,200 periodical series. This includes family genealogies; county histories; cemetery inscriptions; atlases and plat books; indexes and transcriptions of census, vital records, and naturalization records for many counties. Records of the Grand Army of the Republic , the Civil War Union veteran's society, are also included. The online collection has a statewide obituary search for newspapers held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. They also have Searchable Surname Index of biographical sketches in county histories.[6]

The ALPLM also offers research assistance by appointment, collection guides, and interlibrary loans of printed material.

Guides

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[7]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[8]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[9]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 7 April 2015).
  2. Plan Your Visit in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 8 April 2015).
  3. Based on MapQuest.
  4. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 41. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  5. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum merged with and absorbed the collection of the Illinois State Historical Library in 2004. Therefore, the Dollarhide and Bremer entry in America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers about ISHL has been applied here to the ALPLM.
  6. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 7 April 2015).
  7. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  8. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  10. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  12. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.
  14. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  15. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  16. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  18. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  19. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).