Center for Lincoln Studies

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.


  • 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.
  • By working with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project, by cooperating with the Abraham Lincoln Association to publish a scholarly journal, by encouraging graduate students and post docs from around the country and the world to come to Springfield and take advantage of the incomparable resources in town: the Brookens Library at UIS , the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, the Illinois State Library, the Illinois State Archives, and the Sangamon Valley Collection at the Lincoln Public Library, and to avail themselves of the many Lincoln authorities in town, including the knowledgeable staff at those institutions.
  • The UIS faculty, 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, the Illinois State Historical Society and the local historical societies in nearby cities and towns.

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Funding Priorities

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