at the University of Delaware
The Lincoln Collection of the University of Delaware perpetuates the memory of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, through displays of pictures, documents, books and other memorabilia. The Collection contains over 2,000 items pertaining to Lincoln’s private life and public career.
The Lincoln Collection, bequeathed to the Wilmington Institute Free Library by Frank G. Tallman in 1938, was at the time one of the finest private collections of Lincolniana in the country. Other items have been added by donation or purchase. Among the best known items on display are signatures of Lincoln, a shawl worn by President Lincoln on a visit to General George McClellan, and handwritten notes by Lincoln that contain his signature.
In 1972, the Lincoln Collection was donated to the University of Delaware and relocated to the University’s Goodstay Center in Wilmington where it was housed in three rooms with period furnishings. Over the years, members of The Lincoln Club of Delaware and the University of Delaware administration determined that significant portions of the Lincoln Collection would be more appropriately housed and displayed in the University’s Special Collections Department located in the Hugh M. Morris Library on the Newark campus. During the summer of 1998, selected materials were transferred from the Goodstay Center to the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library. Copies of these materials remain at the Goodstay Center, where the University makes space available to The Lincoln Club of Delaware.
The Club actively supports the Collection by providing a hostess/host who is responsible for the Collection, adding books and other memorabilia as they become available, and paying for the upkeep and maintenance of existing exhibits. Donations from members of The Lincoln Club for maintenance and expansion of the Collection are welcome. Tax deductible donations in support of the Collection may be made to the University of Delaware attn: Morris Library – Special Collections; Newark, DE 19716.
Special Collections in the Library
For information on Lincoln exhibits in the Morris Library, please visit the University of Delaware Lincoln Collection web page.