Dear Ms. Richman,
Thank you for posting to History Hub regarding your research on Lincoln and his thoughts on integrating soon to be newly freed slaves. The Abraham Lincoln Papers in the custody of the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division contains approximately 40,550 documents dating from 1774 to 1948, although most of the collection spans from the 1850s through Lincoln’s presidency (1861-1865). Roughly half of the collection, more than 20,000 documents, comprising 62,000 images, as well as transcriptions of approximately 10,000 documents, is online at https://www.loc.gov/collections/abraham-lincoln-papers/about-this-collection/.
To search for relevant material in the online collection, you may conduct a keyword search for names of Lincoln aides and associates he may have confided in or for the states you are interested in. You may also browse correspondence in Series 1 and 2 chronologically by selecting the links from the digital collection home page or from the Container List in the finding aid (PDF). The Related Resources page also includes an extensive bibliography of published sources that may be useful to your search.
If you have any specific questions about how to navigate the online Lincoln Papers, please do not hesitate to contact Manuscript Division staff through the Ask a Librarian service.