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The Lincoln Collection

The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection ( exists to interpret and preserve the history and legacy of Abraham Lincoln through research, conservation, exhibitry, and education. The Collection provides Lincoln enthusiasts, students, educators and scholars with one of the world’s most comprehensive and accessible collections of Lincoln artifacts, artwork, photographs, and literature.

When Lincoln Financial Group announced in March 2008 that the Lincoln Museum would close, Lincoln Financial Foundation, which owned the museum collection, was adamant on two points. First, the organization wanted the collection to be donated to an institution capable of providing permanent care and broad public access. Second, the collection would not be broken up among multiple owners. In other words, this collection which had been built over so many decades was not for sale and would remain intact.

In December of 2008 the largest private collections of Abraham Lincoln-related material in existence was donated to the people of Indiana. Today the Collection is housed in two institutions, the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. This allows the Collection to live on in its entirety, available to the public in various exhibits at all times.