Lincoln Comes to Life in Special Collections

poster for the movie "Lincoln"The memory of America's 16th president is very much alive as people flock to the movies to see Daniel Day-Lewis play Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg's biopic of Lincoln's final four months. Here in UCSB Library's Department of Special Collections, Lincoln is also brought to life through the Wyles Collection, a collection of books and materials that was left to the University in the 1930s by a local resident named William Wyles and which formed the basis on which the Department of Special Collections was built. The collection features more than 35,000 volumes on Abraham Lincoln, slavery, abolition, the Civil War, American expansion, travel in America, and the American West -- including letters penned by Lincoln and a facsimile of the Emancipation Proclamation. Special Collections will mount an exhibit this winter marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. For more information on items in Special Collections on Lincoln and the Civil War, see the collection descriptions.