Microfilm of the Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana
Location: Microfilm E457.H538
"The largest known collection of papers incident to Lincoln's law practice and
other business relationships before and after his emergence as a political
figure, a large quantity of early memoirs and other reminiscent material,
correspondence of Herndon and Weik with various public men who knew Lincoln and
drafts of the writings of Herndon and Weik about Lincoln"--Annual report of the
Librarian of Congress for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1941, p. 99.
|Microfilm omits photographs and printed materials from the collection
except for clippings on the slavery question and Lincoln's campaign book
consisting of miscellaneous clippings used principally in the
How to search the collection:
" The papers of the collection are divided into five main groups.
Group I. Association Pieces: a) a sheet from the home-made arithmetic
book of Abraham Lincoln; b) a small volume of clippings on the slavery question;
c) Lincoln's "Campaign Book," consisting of miscellaneous clippings, said by
William H. Herndon to have been used principally in the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Group II. Letters and documents written by or to Lincoln: a) Letters and
documents in Lincoln's hand or signed by him; b) Copies, letters and documents
included as by Lincoln; c) Letters to Lincoln: originals and copies."
(Some of the letters are microfilmed again in Groups IV and V.)
"Group III. Legal documents in the Herndon-Weik collection described as
"Lincoln Law Cases." Cases are filmed alphabetically by name of plaintiff.
The reversal of title in a case on appeal is followed only when new papers were
made out for the case. The separate papers for each case are filmed
chronologically, according to the dates upon which they are entered with the
clerk of the court.
Group IV: Correspondence, miscellaneous documents, and copy for
proposed publication, directly associated with William H. Herndon.
Group V. Correspondence, miscellaneous documents and copy for proposed
publication, directly associated with Jesse W. Weik". (from the first reel
of the microfilm collection). Herndon's Life of Lincoln: The History
and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln as Originally Written by William
H. Herndon and Jesse W. Weik.
The Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana: a Register of the Collection in the
Library of Congress.
For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Manuscripts.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Correspondence.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Law practice -- Sources.
Douglas, Stephen Arnold, 1813-1861.
Herndon, William Henry, 1818-1891 -- Manuscripts.
Herndon, William Henry, 1818-1891 -- Correspondence.
Weik, Jesse William, 1857-1930 -- Manuscripts.
Weik, Jesse William, 1857-1930 -- Correspondence.
Lincoln-Douglas debates, 1858 -- Sources.
Slavery -- United States -- History -- Sources.
United States -- History -- 1815-1861 -- Sources.
Time Period: 19th Century 20th Century
Subject keywords: U. S. Politics
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