About Us

The Center for Lincoln Studies furthers the mission of the University of Illinois Springfield by providing activities related to the study of Lincoln, Springfield, the state of Illinois, and the nation.  Through education, research, and outreach, the Center provides students, faculty, scholars, and the public with opportunities to understand the life and times of the 16th President and his impact on the modern period.


The Center for Lincoln Studies will educate UIS students about the life, legacy, and character of President Lincoln.

  • Providing student seminars examining Lincoln and his leadership.
  • Hosting teacher seminars for UIS faculty, Education students, and school teachers exploring research and public policy using Lincoln as an example.
  • Working with national Lincoln organizations, museums, and historic sites.


Resources for Lincoln Studies in Springfield include...

  • the Brookens Library at UIS
  • the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
  • the Illinois State Library
  • the Illinois State Archives
  • Sangamon Valley Collection at the Lincoln Public Library

About CFLS

  • The Center for Lincoln Studies will actively promote original research into Lincoln’s life and times by...
    • cooperating with the University of Illinois Press to publish Lincoln primary source materials and monographs.
    • working with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project
    • cooperating with the Abraham Lincoln Association to publish a scholarly journal
    • encouraging graduate students and post docs from around the country and the world to come to Springfield, as well as take advantage of the incomparable resources in town
  • Scholars can avail themselves of the many Lincoln authorities in Springfield:
    • local archaeologists and historians
    • the National Park Service employees
    • members of the Abraham Lincoln Association
    • the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission
    • the Old State Capitol
    • the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
    • the Iles House
    • local historical societies in nearby cities and towns

Related Degrees

History Degree (B.A., M.A.)

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Sep 20, 2023
WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will host the 21st annual Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture on “Abraham Lincoln and Digital Humanities”…
Jul 31, 2023
Jacob K. Friefeld, Ph.D., has been named the director of the Center for Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield starting Aug. 16, 2023. He…
Feb 07, 2023
The University of Illinois Springfield Center for Lincoln Studies’ exhibit “Making Our History: Artists Render Lincoln’s Legacies” will be on display Feb. 10…
Sep 02, 2022
"Making Our History" Lincoln Art Exhibit in Springfield On August 11, 2022, the Center for Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield…
Jul 25, 2022
The University of Illinois Springfield is proud to announce “Making Our History: Artists Render Lincoln’s Legacies,” an innovative physical and digital art…