A Guide to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield Il

Time stands still in Springfield, Illinois, which is home to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  This is the home of over 100,000 paper documents and life like realistic representation of Mr. President Lincoln and his family.  

Its location is at 112 North Sixth Street, Springfield, Il.

HOURS OF OPERATION:  Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm.

THE MUSEUM

Entering the museum, is like walking into a “time machine” with replicas of the first lady Mary and her presidential husband Mr. Lincoln.   There are actual dresses and clothes that were worn by Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln along with uniforms from the Civil War soldiers, which children can play dress up with in the “Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic” room.

Feel what it must have been like as you watch the dramatic portrayal of the president’s life unfold on stage in the theater room.  

“Ghost of the Library” is a holographic demonstration that will take you on a tour of the library and how to use it, you may even get a glimpse of the President himself.

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

The library holds historical paper documents that are of important history of the state of Illinois.

AUDIO VISUAL COLLECTION

In this area you will find over 400,000 pictures, audio tapes, video tapes, posters and any other media document.  You will need to make an appointment to get access to this area, but it is well worth the appointment.

Curators will make copies of an item for you, provided that it will not harm the original item itself. This copy can only be used for personal reference and use. If you don’t want to go to the library itself to get your copy, you can simply fill out the “Photographic Service Order” form. If you would like to use the copy for more than personal use fill out the “Permission to Use Agreement” form. Both of these forms can be found at their website: http://www.alplm.org/library/audio_visual.html.

NEWSPAPER MICROFILM COLLECTION

This department holds over 5,000 newspapers, which include a newspaper from Illinois’ 102 counties – some dating back to the 19th century.  The Newspaper Microfilm Collection holds anything that was printed in the paper relating to Illinois, including obituaries.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library offers inter library loans, which makes it easy to get the information you are looking for on a microfilm.  You can contact this department to find out which libraries participate.

If you would like to purchase a roll of microfilm the cost is only $45 and 15 cents per frame, which includes two pages. Contact Sandra Stark, email: sandy.stark@illinois.gov

Newspaper reels can be view during normal business hours.

LINCOLN COLLECTION

This collection is the one of the world largest collections of paper items relating to President Abraham Lincoln himself and his family. Here you will find original letters signed by President Lincoln, personal items that belong to either himself, his wife Mary or their children.

Items in this collection are not permitted for a library loan, however you can find a digital copy at the “Illinois Legacy Online”.

Any copies made from the Lincoln Collection can only be used for personal use. If you would like to use the material for more than personal use you can download “permission to Use Agreement” form found at the libraries website: www.alplm.org/lincoln_collection/home.html

BOYS IN BLUE

In this database you can find soldiers who served and died in the civil war, simply type a name, surname, or town and a listing of that soldier will appear, if you would like the picture associated with the name contact the library.

ALPL PUBLISHED MATERIALS COLLECTION

Here you will find resources to help you find your ancestry roots. Although the library does not have original copies of vital records, such as marriage, birth and death certificates, it does have some information on it, as well as what county does have the original documents and how to contact them for the original.

STEVE NEAL READING ROOM

The Steve Neal Reading Room is the main reading room of the library it holds the references for the rest of the library. Once you have researched your subject the staff of the library will get the document or other item you would like to see and bring it out to you. Due to the nature of the documents in the library none of the items from this room are able to be loaned out.

Computers reserved for genealogy research are also located in this room, but you must sign in to use them and show a valid driver’s license.

To see items located in this collection you can use the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library search catalog located on this page http://www.alplm.org/library/steve_neal.html

Cited works:

http://www.alplm.org/home.html; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.