Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site's museum collection consists of over 320,000 museum objects and over 800 linear feet of archival material. The documents, books, artwork, personal artifacts, and other objects are an assemblage collected during a lifetime spanning 89 years and are a unique reflection of twentieth-century history and life ways. The collection is a window into the private life of Carl Sandburg, a popular icon of the mid-twentieth century famous for his poetry, biography of Abraham Lincoln, children's stories, and American folk song compilations. The museum collection also documents Lilian "Paula" Sandburg's contributions to the American dairy goat industry, her Connemara Farms business, and her Chikaming herd. Over 50,000 original furnishings decorate the historic house, giving visitors a chance to travel back in time to the late 1950s and experience the lifestyle of a uniquely American family.
The museum collection includes archival and object collections relating to Carl Sandburg in addition to archival, specimen, and object collections relating to park management, preservation of historic structures and cultural landscapes, and inventorying and monitoring programs. The Park's museum collection is available to researchers by appointment with the curator. Please contact the park to schedule an appointment.\
You may also browse the Sandburg Home collection through the National Park Service's online museum collection databse here.
Did You Know?
Carl Sandburg collected American folk songs from the time he was 19 years old. He published a book entitled "The American Songbag" from this collection and even learned a few chords on the guitar. He would entertain audiences after poetry recitals with his unique renditions of these songs.