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Indiana Department of Conservation, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial photograph collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SP081

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs from the Indiana Department of Conservation in Lincoln City, Indiana ranging from circa 1935 to circa 1946 regarding the planning and construction of the memorial, including the creation and installation of its bas-relief panels, and the shots of the site itself. There are also numerous photographs of meetings and ceremonies which include members of the Indiana Lincoln Union and the Indiana Department of Conservation, as well as Indiana governors, at the site.


  • circa 1935-circa 1946


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial preserves the site of the farm where Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, spent 14 years of his life, from the ages of 7 to 21. The Lincoln family moved to Indiana in 1816 and stayed until 1830 before they moved to Illinois. In 2021, it is a United States presidential memorial and a National Historic Landmark District in Lincoln City, Indiana, which includes the foundation of the Lincolns' home and the Pioneer Cemetery where his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, is buried. Lincoln's sister, Sarah Lincoln Grigsby is buried nearby in the Lincoln State Park.

In 1927, the Indiana Lincoln Union was formed to raise funding and encourage support for a memorial to recognize Lincoln's years in Indiana, which they did throughout the 1930s and into the 1940s. The initial memorial was primarily raised in honor of Lincoln's mother, as the Nancy Hanks Lincoln Memorial, before the site was eventually expanded. Much of the foundational work for the site was completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during 1933-1934. The union's chief contribution to the memorial was the design and construction of a one-story limestone ashlar memorial building, which features 5 bas-relief panels depicting scenes from Lincoln's life. The U-shaped building includes a small theater, an adjoining hall with a several exhibits and artifacts, a private art gallery, a chapel, and a meeting hall. The cornerstone of the memorial was laid on May 20, 1941 by members of the union and the Indiana Department of Conservation. Construction began in 1940 and was completed in 1945.

In 1962, the Indiana General Assembly approved donation of an additional 114 acres to the district, creating the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. The U.S. Congress authorized the national memorial on February 19, 1962, placing it under the National Park Service and in 1966, The memorial district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


"Ceremony on May 20 Will Mark 62nd Year of Hoosier Interest in Nancy Hanks Lincoln." Indianapolis Star, May 13, 1941, 18.

"Lincoln Shrine Contracts Let." Indianapolis Star, November 24, 1940, 14.

National Park Foundation. "Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial." Accessed October 19, 2021.

National Park Service. "Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial - Indiana." Accessed October 19, 2021.

Morse, Walter F. "Schricker Lauds Nancy Hanks Lincoln as Cornerstone of Memorial Is Laid." Indianapolis Star, May 21, 1941, 1, 4.


0.05 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/10/19 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/10/19 by Brittany Kropf.
Indiana Department of Conservation, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial photograph collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.