The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
consists of approximately 20,000 documents. The collection is organized
into three “General Correspondence” series which include incoming and
outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes
and printed material. Most of the 20,000 items are from the 1850s
through Lincoln’s presidential years, 1860-65. Treasures include
Lincoln’s draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, his March 4, 1865,
draft of his second Inaugural Address, and his August 23, 1864,
memorandum expressing his expectation of being defeated for re-election
in the upcoming presidential contest.
The Lincoln Papers are characterized by a large number of correspondents, including friends and associates from Lincoln’s Springfield days, well-known political figures and reformers, and local people and organizations writing to their president. In its online presentation, the Abraham Lincoln Papers comprises approximately 61,000 images and 10,000 transcriptions.