The Lincoln Gallery

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall owns a collection of 100 of the approximately 132 known photographs taken of Abraham Lincoln. Through these photographs and captured for posterity one can witness the transformation from a smooth-shaven young man to a weathered, bearded statesman by the time of his death in 1865.

This collection of 100 photographs of Abraham Lincoln ranges from an 1847 daguerreotype to the only known photograph of Lincoln in his coffin, taken April 24, 1865. The original photographs were taken by Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Alexander Hesler among others. The Lincoln Gallery opened on February 16, 2015 and is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.

The Library & Music Hall now owns these remarkable photographs of the 16th President of the United States.  Like the Espy Post it compliments, the collection is most notable for its intactness.  From the earliest known daguerreotype of Lincoln taken by N.H. Shepherd in 1847 to Alexander Gardner’s iconic “cracked plate” portrait taken the day before Lincoln’s assassination, the collection depicts a sweeping collection portrait of this arguably most revered American president.

April 10, 1865. Alexander Gardner. Print from glass negative. National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

The gallery is free and open to the public during normal library hours.