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.

Abraham Lincoln, oval bust portrait [ambrotype] with ANS. [1858 ca., March 14, 1944]

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0630 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1858 ca., 1944/03/14 Pagination: 1 photograph 17.8 x 20.3 cm

Summary of Content: Pre-war picture [1850's ca.] of a yound Lincoln. Accompanied by folder with Meserve's notes: "Meserve No 12. Copied from an 8 x 10 photograph (framed - through the glass) owned by Mr. Kerr Rainsford with his kind permission. His photographed appeared to be an enlargment, doubtless made from a photograph of the original ambrotype. It was not reversed. This 8 x 10 negative has been printed to show the face as in a photograph instead of an ambrotype by reversing it. This print is, I think, better & clearer than any I have seen. F. H. Meserve. N.Y. Mch 14, 1944." Inscription on recto: "reversed." Inscription on verso: "12 reversed." See GLC 5111.01.0628, .0629, and .0631.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PresidentPhotography

Sub Era: The American Civil War

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources