Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.


Museum Exhibitions

Items from the Gilder Lehrman Collection are exhibited at prominent museums across the country. See what is currently on display.

Traveling Exhibitions

Our traveling exhibitions are offered for display at schools, libraries, and other sites in the continental United States. These informative, colorful exhibitions cover ten major topics in American history.

Online Exhibitions

Our online exhibitions offer immersive experiences for students of all ages. Click to explore these illustrated, instructive displays, integrated with videos, interactive maps, and timelines.