The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a variety of programs and resources for historians.

The Gilder Lehrman Collection

The Gilder Lehrman Collection is a unique archive of 65,000 American historical documents, widely considered one of the nation’s great archives in the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods. Visit the Collection’s web page to search our online catalog, find out how to get a scan of a document, or ask a reference question.


A comprehensive, research database of the Collection with images is available to universities and research libraries by subscription through digital publisher Adam Matthew.

Scholarly Fellowships

Doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in American history can apply for a short-term research fellowship to work in libraries and archives in New York City.

National Book Prizes

Learn about the Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and George Washington Book Prizes for outstanding books in American history, co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute.