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Homestead Act: Primary Documents in American History

Digital Collections

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of primary source materials associated with the Homestead Act of 1862, including manuscripts, books, newspaper articles, government documents, and broadsides. Provided below is a link to the home page for each relevant digital collection along with selected highlights.

Congressional Publications

Homestead Act Debate References:

Selected references to debate on the Homestead Act can be found in the Congressional Globe on the following dates:

Search this collection in the 37th Congress using the word "homestead" to find more Congressional documents related to the Homestead Act.

America's Library

Abraham Lincoln Papers

Meeting of Frontiers

Selected highlights from this collection:

Prints & Photographs

Teachers Page

Today in History