Collection of Lincolniana

In 2007, after several years of encouragement by respected Lincoln and Illinois state historians and experts and a professional appraisal, the Foundation acted on the unique opportunity to acquire the $25 million collection of over 1,500 items from renowned collector Louise Taper. At that time it was purchased, the Taper Collection was widely considered the largest and most diverse collection of Lincolniana still in private hands. The Foundation then placed the Taper Collection on loan for public display. It is currently on loan to the presidential library and museum in Springfield, Illinois.

As a result of the Foundation’s persistent efforts, over $24 million has been raised and paid toward principal, interest, fees and insurance expenses. Still, in excess of $8 million in principal remains.

A collection of this magnitude is extremely rare…I know I speak for many scholars who would agree that this is a national treasure that cannot be lost.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ph.D., Pulitzer Prize-winning author

“The Collection is among the most historically and commercially significant pieces of Lincolniana known. It is not hyperbole to contend that the Collection is a national treasure.”

Thomas F. Lecky, Certified Member, Appraisers Association of America, owner, Lecky Art Group LLC, former head of Christie’s Books and Manuscripts Department

“…This Collection appeals to so many different users on so many different levels that it will underpin scholarly research … while simultaneously expanding the public’s knowledge of the 16th President."

Daniel Walker Howe, Ph.D., Professor of History Emeritus and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, UCLA; Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University