Lincoln Heritage Museum remains open for normal operating hours (Tuesday-Friday 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm), despite the closure of Lincoln College in May of 2022.

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Lincoln College, chartered Lincoln University in 1865, is a private, liberal arts college, fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The College’s roots date back to December 1864. After investigating several sites, commissioners selected Lincoln, Illinois as the location for a new university.


On February 6, 1865, a charter for the new university was secured from the Illinois General Assembly. Just six days later, on Abraham Lincoln’s last living birthday, ground was broken for University Hall, the first college building. The foundation was completed and the cornerstone laid by September 1865, and instruction for men and women began that November. The first commencement in 1868 honored three graduates. Since then, Lincoln College has taken its place among the pioneer educational institutions of the Midwest.


The Lincoln College Archives is available to researchers by appointment only Monday through Friday.  Contact Director and Curator Anne Moseley to schedule a research appointment.



  • Lincoln University (Lincoln College) Diplomas dating back to 1900.
  • Archelelaus Turner Papers(1881 Lincoln College Alum; 1919-130 Lincoln College President)
  • Faculty notes dating back to the founding of the college.
  • 1978 and 1984 Lincoln College Self Study
  • Lincoln College Staff Handbooks
  • Lincoln College Catalogs
  • Lincoln College Student Handbooks
  • Lincoln College Promotions
  • Lincoln College Commencement Programs
  • Lincoln College Charter Day, 1965
  • Lincoln College: The Namesake College, authors notes
  • Lincoln College Yearbooks
  • Lincoln College publications Imprint, Echoes, Lincoln College Bulletin, Lincolnite, The Log, and Lincolnian
  • Lincoln College Memorial Lectures
  • Founding Papers of Lincoln University
  • Lincoln University Conservatory of Music
  • Lincoln College Athenian Society Programs
  • Lincoln College Photographs starting as early as 1868
  • Student Collections: Ed Madigan Collection
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