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Rare collectibles about Abraham Lincoln on display at UI Main Library

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Rare collectable photographs, manuscripts, published speeches and other memorabilia about Abraham Lincoln's political life are on display now through March 19 at the University of Iowa Main Library, third floor.

The exhibit, "Prelude to Greatness: An Exhibition Celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 190th Birthday," is free and open to the public.

Lincoln, who was born Feb. 12, 1809, moved to Illinois in 1830. His political life was born when he was elected to public office in 1834 as an Illinois representative.

The exhibit contains objects from the James Wills Bollinger Collection of Lincolniana, and viewers can look over printed reports from Lincoln's time in the Illinois legislature, campaign biographies from 1860, as well as campaign songbooks and election tickets.

The exhibit is being offered to the public to emphasize the rich resources available for educational and scholarly study of the era and the life of the country's 16th president.

The exhibit can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays in the department of special collections, third floor. For additional information on the exhibition or other collections, contact the department at (319) 335-5921.