Biography and History

Born in Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln became a lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and an Illinois member of the House of Representatives. Elected president of the United States in 1860, he led the country through the Civil War, preserved the Union, and ended slavery. He was assassinated on April 14, 1865, while attending a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Source: From the finding aid for C0094

  • William E. Potter Diary. 1859-1862 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC323

    This diary was written by William E. Potter during his years at Harvard (law degree, 1861) and Princeton (B.A., 1863). For the most part the entries are daily with astute and observant comments on many of the public figures and events of this time. Among the more interesting entries are comments and descriptions of the Women's Rights Convention in Boston in 1860, the Massachusetts state prison; the election and inauguration of Abraham Lincoln; the surrender of Fort Sumter; the Battle of Bull Run; "pumping" (dunking) of Princeton students favoring secession; his religious awakening; and a final entry that reads simply "Enlisted."

  • Andre De Coppet Collection. 1566-1942 (inclusive), 1770-1865 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0063

    The Andre De Coppet Collection represents the American history-related collecting activities of American broker and collector Andre De Coppet (Princeton Class of 1915). There are numerous manuscripts, personal letters, documents, and printed material from three main periods: the Revolutionary War, the Federal Period, and the Civil War.

  • Princeton University Library Collection of Abraham Lincoln Materials. 1849-1945 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0094

    Consists of selected material by and about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.

  • Mary A. Livermore Collection. 1846-1905 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0117

    Mary Ashton Rice Livermore (1820-1905) was an American suffragette and reformer. Her collection consists of two acquisitions: Box 1 (AM 12815) was purchased in 1946 and consists of autograph notes, drafts, typescripts, and reprints of several lectures, articles and short stories by or pertaining to Mary Livermore; Boxes 2-7 (AM 13484) was also purchased in 1946 and contains material which was apparently collected by Adelaide Witherington Boynton, a family member.

  • Condit Family Papers. 1750-1883 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0408

    Consists of account books and ledgers, a diary (1750), documents, photographs, a few letters, and printed material of the Condit family of East Orange, N.J.

  • Ruth E. and Edward M. Brecher Collection on William F. Mannix. 1950-1965 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0675

    Consists of papers gathered and generated by Ruth E. and Edward M. Brecher while researching the life of William Francis Mannix (1870?-1920), a journalist, soldier of fortune, grafter, and literary forger, for a proposed biography that was never completed. Included are manuscript drafts, correspondence and documents relating to Mannix's background, psychopathic personalities, and literary forgeries.

  • The Rochester Courier Collection. 1850-1903 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1100

    The Rochester Courier was a weekly, local newspaper published on Friday nights in Rochester, New Hampshire, beginning in 1864. The collection consists of manuscript speeches, articles, editorials, and correspondence from the newspaper, reflecting some of the national issues which dominated American political life leading up to and following the Civil War, including the antislavery movement, the Missouri Compromise, and temperance.

  • William S. C. Webster Collection. 1862-1887 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1280

    Consists of selected correspondence and several manuscripts of Princeton student William Stewart Cross Webster.