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Abraham Lincoln Papers, 1862-1864

Identifier: MC-1954-128

Scope and Contents

A two-page document, on vellum, signed November 12, 1862, authorizes the Smithsonian Institution's agents in London to recover the residue of Smithson's bequest so that it may be used for the benefit of the Institution. This is one of the few documents on which Lincoln signed his full name--he usually used only the initial of his first name. The paper is countersigned by William H. Seward, Secretary of State, and Charles Dodd.

Two of the papers deal with grants of land, one a deed to an Aaron T. Lane, and the other pertaining to a treaty with the Kansas Indians.

A limited number of printed copies of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation were signed personally by the President and Secretary Seward and sold for the benefit of the Sanitary Fair held in Philadelphia during the Civil War to raise funds for the care of wounded soldiers. One such copy is included in this collection.

Interesting item: A tiny scrap of paper dated June 15, 1864, has this one sentence: "Let this Indian be discharged," and is signed "A. Lincoln," all in his hand.


  • Creation: 1862 - 1864

Conditions Governing Access

Access is by appointment only.


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Physical Description

All of the papers are in excellent condition.

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Repository Details

Part of the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum Repository

1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Tulsa Ok 74127