Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 75,000 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.

Smyser, G. H. [Depiction of Lincoln and family]

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 #: GLC08879.03 Author/Creator: Smyser, G. H. Place Written: New York, New York Type: Engraving Date: no date Pagination: 1 engraving : b&w ; 25.1 x 36.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Depicts Lincoln with his wife Mary Todd and sons Robert Todd, William Wallace, and Thomas Lincoln circa 1860. Lincoln reads to Thomas, the youngest. Mary and their other two sons are seated around a dining room table. Contains an obviously false copyright date of 1808. Mounted on yellow backing.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882
Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926
Lincoln, William Wallace, 1850-1862
Lincoln, Thomas, 1853-1871

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PresidentChildren and FamilyWomen's HistoryFirst Lady

Sub Era:

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources