Mary Todd Lincoln’s gown

This gown was given to Elizabeth Grimsley, a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, and came to the Smithsonian in 1964 from the Grimsley descendants. Conservation treatment partially restored the nineteenth-century construction of the bodice, but the original neckline and long sleeves could not be restored.

Division of Social History, Political History
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Behring Center
Gift of Mrs. Harold Welch