This Repository Guide provides an annotated summary description of the primary sources and photographic collections of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.
ANDERSON, J. G. Papers, 1849-1889 (bulk ca. 1886-1889); 41 items
Reverend Anderson was a Southern Presbyterian Pastor. Includes correspondence that consists of a letter to T. G. Anderson, Esq., from his mother; a letter from “daughter Pattie” to “Dear Ma.” Additional papers include a “list of infants babtised” an invoice issued to Mr. James Anderson (New York, Sept. 29, 1849). Includes an advertisement from Funk & Wagnall’s, addressed to Rev. R. B. Anderson, Morganton, N. C., and two memorandums issued from the “Office of Executive Committee of Publications–Richmond, Va.” of the Presbyterian Church. Includes a handwritten inventory of theological and reference volumes.
ANONYMOUS. Diary, 1865; 1 item
The diary entries begin Jan. 1, 1865 with a comment about a Sunday church attendance at Chelsea. Other comments pertain to a visit to Boston, Lee’s surrender, hopes for peace, and news about the assassination of President Lincoln.
ARTICLES ABOUT THE 1st CANNONBALL FIRED IN VIRGINIA IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION. Articles and affidavit, ca. 1902; 4 items
The articles include: an affidavit made by Thomas E. Derby regarding the historic “Big Bethel Ball,” the first artillery shot on the soil of Virginia in the war between the states; also, a transcription of Nicholas Crouch’s (the Englishman credited with firing the first shot) poem entitled “To the ‘Big Bethel,’ fired June 10, 1861,” and a newspaper clipping from the Boston Transcript (May 3, 1902) written about Nicholas Crouch’s action.
ASTOR, JOHN JACOB. Letter, ca. 1870; 1 item
Mr. Astor was a financier of New York City. In this letter to General Adam Badeau, Astor writes that he was embarking at Liverpool when he saw the “notice of Mr. Marsh’s death,” and expresses regret over Marsh’s disappointment regarding a “mission.” Astor writes that he was informed of his own son’s appointment “by one of the custom officers coming up the Bay.” Astor closes by stating: “I trust something equally good or better may be in reserve for you, before long.”
BADEAU, ADAM, 1831-1895. Notebook, ca. 1864; 1 item
Union officer; later, he served in various legations and consulates during Grant’s presidency. The entries list and describe steamboats, people, events, plantations, and locations chiefly in the South. Forms part of the Civil War Collection.
BALTIMORE INVOICES. Account book, 1832-1849; 1 volume
An account book, with reference to “Baltimore invoices”; numerous entries cite the names and associated invoices during the years of 1832-1849, that chronicles the purchases of various articles such as cloth, produce, house wares, and accessories by individuals and stores. Some of the names and places in the ledger include A. Adams, May 1832; John Henderson, Baltimore; Carrick C. Crozier, Louisville, K[entuck]y; Grigg and Elliott. With the ledger is a single page inscribed “B. Sewall” with the typescript printed as Taz[e]well, Claiborne Co., Tenn[essee]. Additional entries, in the ledger, refer to Tazewell and Knoxville, Tennessee.
“THE BERT S. SHELDON SCRAPBOOK OF LINCOLN ARTICLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.” Scrapbook, ca. 1929-ca. 1946; 1 volume
The scrapbook was probably compiled by Bert S. Sheldon. It includes numerous articles, illustrations, postcards, and brochures relating to Abraham Lincoln. Among the photographs are those of Mrs. Xavier Teillard, presenting Ward Hill Lamon’s watch to Lincoln Memorial University; a view of the remodeled Lincoln Tomb; Lincoln; and a few photographic reproductions of various Lincoln documents.
BOOTH, JOHN WILKES, 1838-1865. Letter, ca. Nov. 1864; 1 item
John Wilkes Booth was the stage actor who assassinated President Lincoln. The longest known Booth letter addressed to “Dear Sir” or “to whom it may concern” expresses Booth’s anti-Lincoln sentiments and his pro-Confederacy stance. He closes the letter as “a Confederate, doing duty upon his own responsibility.” Handwritten facsimile, 4 pp
BOYD, ANDREW. Special Illustrator’s Edition, circa 1855-1903; 1 volume
A Memorial Lincoln Bibliography: Being an Account of Books, Eulogies, Sermons, Portraits, Engravings, Medals, etc., Published upon Abraham Lincoln …” was compiled and published by Andrew Boyd, who was a 19th century Albany directory publisher. The bibliography was first published in Albany, N.Y. in 1870. It consists of the printed bibliography inlaid with 80 autographs and 50 portraits. The autographs include Lincoln’s signature, a letter from Chas. Henry Hart, and a document signed by President Polk. The volume is also comprised of handwritten, signed letters, including those of George S. Boutwell, Rev. C.M. Butler, Elihu B. Washburne, and Alexander H. Bullock. Gift of Carl W. Schaefer
BRADLEY, E. E. Letter, Nov. 22, 1881; 1 item
Written on University College, Oxford stationery; the note reads in toto: “Nov. 22, 1881, Yours truly, E. E. Bradley.”
BROWNE, JOHN C., 1838-1918. Scrapbooks, 1860-1865; 6 bound volumes
#80-1430, revised accession: 43-0001
An historical collection of Civil War ephemera, originally formed by John C. Browne, a resident of Philadelphia; comprised of many thousands of individual items from both the North and the South, including broadsides, patriotic covers, numerous Confederate postage stamps, badges, a fine series of Currier & Ives views of military and naval actions, election posters, flyers and ballots of the 1864 presidential campaign, Confederate bonds, song sheets and sheet music, photographs, engraved and lithographic portraits, Confederate playing cards, advertising cards, paper currency, newspaper and magazine clippings, lithographic caricatures, recruiting posters, Confederate proclamations, etc. It also includes a “Constitution” printed for abolitionist John Brown, various rare broadsides, and possibly the first printing of “Maryland, My Maryland.” Gift of Raymond S. Wilkins
BURNS, JOHN. Letter, Nov. 25, 1936; 1 item
President of the Board of Trade in the English Cabinet prior to WWI; Burns writes a letter to Lincoln Memorial University in order “to pay with others our tribute to the political courage, social service, and radiant memory of America’s greatest citizen–Abraham Lincoln.” He states that he is providing a book entitled Tributes of the Nations to Abraham Lincoln. ALS, 2 pp
CALDWELL, MERRILL S. Manuscript, 1957; 1 item
The typescript manuscript consists of a paper, “A Brief History of Slavery in Boone County, Kentucky,” that was read before a meeting of the Boone County Historical Society, in Florence, Kentucky on June 21, 1957. The author discusses the history of slavery in Boone County, Kentucky. Includes a bibliography; Typewritten, 12 pp
CARLETON, WILL, 1845-1912. Manuscript, ca. 1887; 1 item
American poet; manuscript of an essay entitled “Will Carleton’s Walks,” consisting of 25 handwritten pages, signed by the author. The narrative discusses Mott Street (New York) and the Chinese immigration to that location. Holograph, 25 pp
CARTE-DE-VISITE COLLECTION. 19th Century Photographs, ca. 1860-ca. 1890
7 boxes: ca. 700 items
#95-001.1 through 95-001.500; 95-002.001 through 95-002.077; 95-004.001 through 95-004.050;
95-005.001 through 95-005.007
A collection of carte-de-visites, pertaining chiefly to the Civil War era; several of the carte-de-visites are signed. The photographs include those of P.G.T. Beauregard (signed), John Wilkes Booth, William Cullen Bryant, James Buchanan, James Fennimore Cooper, George A. Custer, Jefferson Davis, Stephen A. Douglas, David G. Farragut, Garibaldi, Horace Greeley, Joseph Hooker, Samuel F. B. Morse, Henry W. Slocum, Gideon Welles, and Felix K. Zollicoffer. The collection includes over seventy Lincoln-related carte-de-visites. A notebook containing photocopies of the portraits is available.
CHURCHILL, WINSTON. Letter, Apr. 3, 1941; 1 item
W Churchill, the American author (not the British Statesman). Churchill’s note to Miss Mary Saunders discusses his upcoming departure “for the north,” and states that he is appending his autograph at the bottom of the letter. (Apr. 3, 1941, Winter Park, Florida)
CIVIL WAR COLLECTION. Collection, 1861-1911; 2 boxes (approx. 1 cu. Ft)
The artificial collection of sources includes chiefly officer’s correspondence, of both the Union and Confederate states. Among the authors are the following: James L. Orr, Winfield Scott, J. C. Fremont, A. H. Foote, N. B. Forrest, H. W. Slocum, G. B. McClellan, Joseph Hooker, P. H. Sheridan, A. E. Burnside, G. A. Custer, Benj. F. Butler, and S. H. Stringham. Includes Civil War vouchers, passes, receipts, and account records. Diaries of both Confederate and Union soldiers are part of the collection. Additional Civil War material is contained in other collections.
CLAY, CASSIUS MARCELLUS, 1810-1903. Collection, ca. 1905-ca. 1980; 2 boxes (.88 cu. ft) Papers, 1842-1901 (1.56 cubic feet; 6 boxes)
#98-0077; #80-2892; #80-2893
Clay was an American abolitionist and statesman; later, Union General for a brief span, until returning to the diplomatic post of U.S. Minister to Russia in 1863. This artificial collection consists of newspaper articles about both Cassius M. Clay and his estate, White Hall (Richmond, Kentucky); biographical magazine and journal articles; brochures about White Hall; and two letters to Brutus J. Clay (1808-1878) from David Hill Jayne (1905) and Jno. W. Kern (1916?). The collection includes 56 photographs of the White Hall estate, during the pre-restoration years. See also the Cassius Marcellus Clay Collection and the Frank A. Seiberling Collection. The Papers Collection consists of chiefly incoming correspondence to Cassius M. Clay, the extent of which amounts to approximately 542 letters. Some are in Russian and French, written when he served as Minister to Russia. The collection includes letters from Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Samuel F. B. Morse, Edward Everett, Gustavus V. Fox, Horace Mann, William H. Seward, Benjamin Harrison, Count Tolstoy, and other famous writers, reformers, and politicians. This collection is also available on microfilm.
CLAY, HENRY, 1777-1852. Letters, 1813, 1845 2 items
Henry Clay was an American statesman, Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams. Two autographed, signed letters from Clay: 1) letter of Dec. 11, 1813, addressed to “Sir”; wherein Clay is forwarding a letter from Mr. Duval, wherein he recommends a substitute for Mr. Strother. Clay writes that Mr. Clarke is expected, and that he wishes to consult with him about a successor for Mr. Hanigan. He further proposes Mr. Hubbard Taylor, if the selection cannot wait. 2) letter of Aug. 26, 1845, addressed to Mrs. Foster, apologizing for not seeing her: “at the moment of your departure from this place yesterday.” He further thanks her for the books that she sent to him.
COCKRELL, GEORGE B. Collection, 1737-ca. 1904; n.d. (.26 cu. ft.: 20 folders). Papers, 1874-1904; n.d. (.26 cu. ft.: 7 folders)
#80-1422.2; #80-1422.1; #80-1539
Major George B. Cockrell, Confederate States of America; Cockrell lived for a number of years at Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, following the industrial development of 1890. Major Cockrell secured the private papers of a number of leading local citizens in Claiborne County, Tennessee, and Lee County, Virginia, consisting of letters, invoices, orders, and requisitions of these citizens in connection with their private business and with the Civil War around Cumberland Gap. Letters and documents of both armies are represented in the collection of Civil War sources. The papers include correspondence, business papers (invoices, receipts, and bills of sale), and miscellaneous printed and handwritten items. Gift of Major George B. Cockrell
CONFEDERATE WAR ETCHINGS (VOLCK) Etchings, ca. 1880-1894; 1 vol.
The etchings by A. J. Volck are among only 100 sets printed. The series of etchings are numbered 1-29, and printed on India paper that is mounted on white paper measuring 15″ x 11 1/2″. According to a publisher’s notice, this edition was issued by Porter & Coates in Philadelphia “sometime between 1880 and 1894.” Includes an index to the etchings listing the 29 plates; some of these are: “Worship of the North,” “Searching for Arms,” “Buying a Substitute in the North during the War,” “Marylanders Crossing the Potomac to Join the Southern Army,” “Return of a Raiding Party from Pennsylvania,” “Formation of Guerrilla Bands,” “Jamison’s Jayhawkers,” and “Cave Life in Vicksburg during the Siege.”
CONGER, O. T. Journal, ca. 1857-1865; 1 item
The journal, kept by an Iowa preacher, contains over 250 pages of entries consisting chiefly of personal, philosophical, and religious comments that the author began entering into his journal circa 1857. The first portion contains biographical information about Conger. The subsequent narrative entries are arranged chronologically, though no entries are designated for the year 1860.
CONSTITUTION OF THE EQUAL RIGHTS LEAGUE Manuscript, n.d.; 1 item
The constitution and by-laws for the society known as “Equal Rights League” states, in part, “Whereas God is no respector of the persons of men, having made of one blood all nations, making no distinctions among them except on account of character, having created all men Free and Equal and endowed them with certain inalienable rights ….”
CORCORAN, WILLIAM W., 1798-1888. Letter, Oct. 5, 1829; 1 item
American financier, philanthropist, and founder of the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. Corcoran’s letter to the “President and Director of the Union Bank of George Town,” states that his father has directed him to renew an offer to their bank to “take up the note of Mrs. Margaret Baltzer for $600 upon the terms then proposed, and to give satisfactory security for the payment of the note substituted.” ALS, 1 p
CROSBY, HOWARD. Letter, Apr. 29, 1872; 1 item
Letter to “Bro. Foss” from Howard Crosby, pertaining to the “Genl. Conference”; He begins the letter by stating that he has been appointed a representative of the “Genl. Assembly to the Genl. Conference.” He further writes Foss, a delegate, in order to “please undertake to fix the proper time of my visit.”
CURTIS, GEORGE TICKNOR, 1812-1894. Letter, Aug. 30, 1888; 1 item
Mr. Ticknor was a lawyer, author of several books, most notably a Constitutional history of the U.S. and a biography of James Buchanan. Curtis’ letter to Mr. [Bacon?] states that there are two matters on which he wishes to give the public some information, and that he is “very much obliged for the papers containing the proceedings ….”
CUYLER, THEODORE, 1822-1900. Letter, May 26, 1900; 1 item
Reverend Cuyler was the Minister of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1860-1890; and founder of the National Temperance Society. Cuyler writes of his gladness that his “hasty resume” of his “long and busy life” gave the recipient “any satisfaction.” Further, he writes that he might have added that his books and articles “have had a very wide circulation in Great Britain ….” He writes that he was “invited to the ‘Archbishop’s dinner’ at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion in 1889–and my good friend Dr. Temple, then the ‘Bishop of London’ and now the Archbishop of Canterbury once presided at a reception given me in ‘Exeter hall.’”
DAVIS, JEFFERSON, 1808-1889. Ambrotype, n.d.; 1 item
Jefferson Davis: President of the Confederacy. Davis was recognized as a Mexican War hero, and won a set in the U.S. Senate, which he held until named the secretary of war (1853-1857) in the Pierce Administration. The Ambrotype is encased and the Davis’ portrait is hand-tinted.
DAVIS, JEFFERSON, 1808-1889. Letter, Feb. 26, 1861; 1 item
Jefferson Davis: President of the Confederacy. Davis was recognized as a Mexican War hero, and won a set in the U.S. Senate, which he held until named the secretary of war (1853-1857) in the Pierce Administration. Davis’ letter to Hon. Howell Cobb, “President of the Congress,” states that he is transmitting “for the advice of the Congress” three nominations (Yancey, Rost, and Mann) “to provide for a commission to proceed to Europe under instructions to be given.” Handwritten, signed, 1 p.
Letter, June 12, 1862; 1 item
Davis was recognized as a Mexican War hero, and won a set in the U.S. Senate, which he held until named the secretary of war (1853-1857) in the Pierce Administration. Davis’ letter to “Genl.” states that Davis found the general “so overwhelmed with visitors yesterday I forbade to add to the questions pressed upon your consideration, and now take this method to bring to your notice on which had some time since been presented to Genl. Johnston and had been I hoped disposed of, but by a letter from Capt. Martin of the 19th Regt. Miss. Infy. I learned yesterday that the matter still waited for a decision.” Davis discusses his “supposition” that Capt. Martin’s arrest “seems to have a clear usurpation, an illegal order which the officer (Capt. Martin) properly resisted.” Gift of Dorothy Lamon Teillard ALS, 2 pp
DELANO, COLUMBUS, 1809-1896. Letter, Dec. 12, 1872; 1 item
Columbus Delano was the Secretary of the Interior (1870-1875) in the Grant Administration. Delano’s letter to William W. Belknap, secretary of war (1869-1876), discusses an enclosed letter from Henry B. Curtis, Esqr of Mount Vernon. According to Delano, they “had some conversation” when the “West Point Examiners were appointed last spring.” Delano states that if Belknap is “inclined to make him one of the examiners this year, I shall not object, and shall feel entirely satisfied.” ALS, 1 p
DEPOSITIONS IN THE CASE OF FURNEY JONES VS BURCHFIELD Notebook, ca. Nov. 1864; 1 vol
The pocket notebook includes the handwritten deposition of Jesse Moffert, a witness for the state in the case of Furney Jones v. Burchfield et al. His account describes the murder of a “negro” in Claiborne County. Includes accounts from other witnesses; also, the notebook contains various entries pertaining to land descriptions, other court cases, and home remedies.
DOUBLEDAY, ABNER. Extra-Illustrated Book, 1838-1913; 1 vol
Union General, author of Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-61 (1876) and Chancellorsville and Gettysburg (1882). This extra-illustrated volume, Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-61 contains original primary source documents including autograph letters of D. F. Jamison, Department of War, Charleston, S. C. (Mar. 3, 1861) to S. W. Crawford; Joseph Walker, Head Quarters, Commissary General’s Department, Charleston, S. C. (Apr. 2, 1861) to Gov. Pickens; [John] Dunovant, Fort Moultrie (Jan. 3, 1861) to Gov. Pickens; Jno. Johnson, Camden, S. C. (Nov. 25, 1869) to Gen. S. W. Crawford; R. B. Rhett (1838) to “My dear Sir”; Jno. Johnson, Charleston, S. C. (Aug. 22, 1871) to “Dear General”; George William Curtis (Feb. 1, 1873) to H. B. Anthony; James Gibbons, Erie, Pa. (Feb. 26, 1893) to H. J. Richards, Esq.; and [P.] G. T. Beauregard (May 24, 1861) to Col. Edward Manigault
DRINKWATER, JOHN, 1882-1937. Manuscript, ca. 1920; 1 item
Drinkwater was a playwright, poet, and historian. This holograph manuscript of Lincoln the World Emancipator, containing 10 articles on Lincoln-related themes, includes editorial alterations to the original manuscript.
ELLIS, [N.?] Letter, n.d.; 1 item
A letter from [N?] Ellis, to his brother; the letter acknowledges the receipt of material, then further states that “the preparation of the Annual Report will occupy every moment till the meeting.”
ELROD, A. D. Account book, 1862; 2 items
Elrod was a Sergeant in Company B, 31st Regiment, Alabama Volunteers. The pocket-size book contains poetry, observations, and certain company business. An inscription identifies it as “A. D. Elrod’s book, May 9, 1862, bought in the town of Montgomery of Davis.” It contains a handwritten message that it was picked up on the Thompson Hill Battlefield, fought on May 1, 1863, about three miles from Port Gibson, Mississippi, according to a handwritten message of W. F. Jones. An additional item, a company report, was also “captured” by William Jones on the same battlefield.
EVERETT, EDWARD, 1794-1865. Note, n.d.; 1 item
Mr. Everett was an American statesman, educator, and orator. Everett’s note states that he “shall be happy to subscribe for the publications of the Society, and my duties and engagements do not permit me to assume any other obligations of membership.”
FAY, HERBERT WELLS. Folio scrapbooks, ca. 1931; .15 cu. ft
Fay Herbert Wells was Custodian of Lincoln’s tomb (Springfield, Illinois) for 28 years, and notable collector of Lincolniana. He was for more than forty years a newspaperman, and owner of DeKalb county, Illinois papers. Mr. Fay died at age 90, having received an average of 1000 visitors each day of his last year in the tomb (1948). He was laid to rest on a knoll 100 yards south of Lincoln’s cenotaph. The folio scrapbooks, compiled by Mr. Fay, chiefly illustrate the 1931 reconstruction of Lincoln’s tomb and the ceremonies attending the dedication of the remodeled tomb, along with illustrations of the great Emancipator. Includes four portraits of Frederick H Meserve
FERGUSON, SAM. Letter, Jan. 4, 1866; 1 item
Ferguson’s letter to A.D. Woodson, Cumberland Gap, Kentucky, pertains to the loss of a government mule. The letter includes an introductory statement by W.R. Evans, who introduces Samuel Ferguson as a “Master Mason … [who] has some business in your neighborhood.”
FOWLE, FRANK F. Manuscript, ca. 1933-1942; 1 vol
Fowle was a biographer of Illinois engineers, and a Chicago businessman (Consulting Engineer).The manuscript consists of a biographical compilation entitled Researches Relative to Stone and Boomer; Andros Boyden Stone; Lucius Bolles Boomer; George Boardman Boomer. It was researched and compiled by Frank F. Fowle, who collected material for a historical memoir on the pioneer bridge-building firm of “Stone & Boomer.” The compilation of biographical research centers chiefly on the leaders and founders of the engineering firm. It also includes original letters, research notes, and a few documents about various subjects, including material relative to Amasa Stone, Azariah Boody, Daniel L. Harris, Andros B. Stone, Lucius B. Boomer, George B. Boomer, Henry Rust, N. B. Judd, and John B. Turner. One section of the compilation is about E. S. Chesbrough, N. B. Judd, and John B. Turner. Consists of approximately 200 typewritten and handwritten leaves
FOX, GUSTAVUS VASA, 1821-1883. Telegram, Apr. 23, 1864; 1 item
Fox was a Union naval officer. President Lincoln named Fox the First Asst. Sec. of the Navy, a post he held during the Civil War. The “cipher” from Fox to Maj. Genl. B[enjamin] F. Buttler was sent from the Navy Department, Apr. 23, 1864; Fox writes that it is “impossible to leave just now though [President Lincoln] would like to–with Congress here no one can go far.” Fox further writes that “Smith … of old ram manasseh memory” is ordered to the sounds of N. C.; he will make short work of that young ram.” Gift of Alberta B. Farrington
FOX, GUSTAVUS VASA, 1821-1883. Telegram, Aug. 31, 1864; 1 item
Fox’s telegram informs Lieut. Genl. Grant that Genl. Gilmore, Dana, and himself “will be at Fort Monroe at 5 a.m. Friday on our way to see you.” Fox asks Grant: “Will you have a boat to take us up James River? We go to H. Roads in our Navy boat. G. V. Fox, Asst. Sec.” Gift of Alberta B. Farrington
GANSON, EMILY S. Autograph book, circa 1838-1890; 1 bound volume
The autograph album was originally presented to Emily S. Ganson by her father. The first page of inscribed autographs includes those of A. Lincoln and H. Hamlin, with a mounted autograph of U. S. Grant. Among the autographs are those of John T. Stuart, J. C. Sloan, Edwin M. Stanton, F. W. Seward, S. C. Pomeroy, Alexander Lang, Julia Ward Howe, Jacob B. Blair, Geo. Bliss, Henry Wilson, and John Sherman. The book includes a few letters, mounted on the pages, which were written to Mr. Ganson and others. Signed on the verso of the last page is the inscription “Emily S. Ganson, Buffalo, New York.”
GATES, ARNOLD FRANCIS Manuscript (Typescript); 1 item
#98-0055, Typescript manuscripts collection
Gates was a U. S. Serviceman and author. This typewritten manuscript is entitled Nancy Hanks by Arnold Francis Gates. In this study of the life of Lincoln’s mother, Gates explores frontier life and the background of Abraham Lincoln. Typewritten, approx. 80 pp
“GLIMPSES FROM THE LIFE OF LINCOLN SCRAPBOOK” Scrapbooks, ca. 1910-1923; 1 vol
Consists of various published reminiscences, remembrances, and poetry about Abraham Lincoln, biographic articles detailing his life, and some published facsimiles of his correspondence. Includes some published illustrations. The newspaper clippings are pasted into a book that is partially apparent; the title of the book is “Twenty-Second National Convention, W [omen's] R[elief] C[orps].”
GRANT, FREDERICK DENT, 1850-1912. Autograph book, 1864; 1 vol
Soldier in the U.S. Army, and the son of General U. S. Grant; as a boy, he had collected the autographs of Lincoln’s Cabinet and those in attendance at the Friday session. The autographs are those of President Lincoln, S. P. Chase, Edwin M. Stanton, Gideon Welles, M. Blair, U. S. Grant, H. W. Halleck, William H. Seward, Geo. G. Meade, C. C. Augur, and John Sherman. The autograph book was given, in later years, to a member of the John E. Cartwright family by the grown man, General Frederick Dent Grant. It was later purchased from the Cartwright library and presented to Lincoln Memorial University as a gift from Breckinridge Long.
GRANT, ULYSSES S., 1822-1885. Note, Apr. 9, 1865; 1 item
This note from Grant to N. J. T. Dana, concerning the exchange of prisoners of war, was written on the same day Lee surrendered. It is believed that the handwritten note was written immediately after the surrender negotiations with Lee at Appomattox. It states in toto: “All settlements for exchanged prisoners were to be made with Col. Ould, Confederate Agt., and the agreement to receive them at various points was for the accommodation of the South, their railroads being so broken that they could not conveniently deliver all on the James. Say to the officer who has our prisoners for delivery that any that are due to the South will be delivered at Vicksburg or any place Col. Ould desires. U. S. Grant, Lt. Gen.”
GRANT, ULYSSES S., 1822-1885. Note, [1865?]; 1 item
The handwritten note has the following text: “I will state that there is no privilege granted loyal men that I will interfere with your enjoying or prejudice your getting. I positively abstain however from making recommendations to the Treasury Agts for the benefit of individuals. Yours truly, U. S. Grant.” Gift of Alberta F. Farrington
GRAY, HORACE, 1828-1902. Letter, Oct. 9, 1888; 1 item
Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, 1881-1902. Gray’s letter to Edgar F. Gladwin states that he “was appointed to my present office on December 19, 1881, and took my seat on the bench on January 9, 1882.”
GREELEY, HORACE, 1811-1872. Letter, Aug. 6, 1857
The founder of the New York Tribune; Greeley writes to F. W. Ballard that he “shall be glad, a year or so hence, to exchange Agricultural experiences with you, especially if a kind Providence should once more bring us together.” Donated by Peggy P. Lebold. ALS, 3 pp
GRUNDY, FELIX, 1777-1840. Note, Feb. 3, 1838; 1 item
Lawyer, justice of Kentucky, U. S. congressman and senator from Tenn., U. S. attorney general. The note is addressed to Mr. Kincaid, and refers to a letter that is being delivered to him.
GUITEAU, CHARLES J., 1841-1882. Autograph, Jan. 25, 1882; 1 item
Lawyer and religious fanatic who assassinated James A. Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, in 1881; He was executed in 1882. The signature was written in prison, Jan. 25, 1882.
HALLECK, HENRY W., 1815-1872. Letter, Dec. 19, 1861; 1 item
The order from Halleck, issued to Brig. Gen. B. M. Prentiss, states: “Send to this place, the 52nd Illinois Infantry, and Birge’s sharp shooters, as soon as you can spare them.” Issued from Head Quarters, Department of the Missouri, St. Louis, Dec. 19, 1861 Donated by Alberta B. Farrington
HAMBRECHT, GEORGE P., 1871-1943. Papers, ca. 1921-ca. 1935; 5 boxes (1 cu. Ft)
State director (Wisconsin) of vocational education, Lincoln authority; Hambrecht owned one of the largest private collections of Lincoln items during the early part of the 20th century. His papers include the manuscript copy of “A Reminiscence of Abraham Lincoln Concerning Lincoln’s Favorite Poem ‘Oh! Why Should the Spirit of Mortal Be Proud?” Part III is comprised of numerous excerpts from books pertaining to Abraham Lincoln’s interest in the poem. Includes copies of correspondence between Geo. P. Hambrecht and various correspondents, including William J. Anderson, J. Friend Lodge, and Henry B. Rankin. Includes copies of articles from “Lincoln Lore,” speeches, letters, and essays about Abraham Lincoln taken from various sources. Includes a personal copy of an address given by Hambrecht, in 1926, entitled “Influence of Teutonic Immigration on Early American History.” The papers are typewritten carbon copies, many of which feature handwritten notations by Hambrecht.
HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, 1757-1804. Letter, Dec. 18, 1789. 1 item
American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury (1789-1795), and the principal author of The Federalist papers. The letter, originating from the Treasury Department, is addressed to “Sir.” It pertains to Hamilton’s expectations for the “respective Collectors” in their job of collecting payment of bonds taken for duties. He writes “that if the bonds are not paid as they fall due, they be immediately put in suit.” He further gives instructions for additional procedures to be observed.
HARLAN, JOHN MARSHALL, 1833-1911. Letter, Oct. 10, 1888; 1 item
U. S. Supreme Court justice; Harlan writes “Dear Sir,” stating he “was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on the 29th day of November 1877, and took my seat on the Bench December 10th, 1877.”
HERNDON, WILLIAM HENRY, 1818-1891. Letter, Sept. 4, 1887; 1 item
Lincoln’s law partner and biographer; Herndon writes to Jesse W. Weik (co-authored Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life–1889) that “I do sincerely hope that the time will soon come when the eternal right shall rule the woman and quite infinite justice shall rule the world of man. There is no limit to the development and progress of the human mind, and it is not too much to hope that eternal right and quite infinite justice shall be the great rule of mankind.”
HISTORICAL FILMS (TRU-VUE STEREOSCOPE WITH SIX ROLLS OF FILM)
This viewing kit and film of depth photography dates from circa 1950, and is taken of historical scenes, locations, and subjects associated with Abraham Lincoln. One sample reel is devoted to nature scenes. Included are six rolls of film which illustrate depth photography and consist of the following titles: 1) “Depth Photography”[sample reel], 2) “Life of Lincoln,” 3) “Life of Lincoln,” [continued], 4) “Abraham Lincoln,” 5) “New Salem, Part One,” 6) “New Salem, Part Two.” Created by Tru-Vue, Inc., Rock Island, Illinois
HOWARD, OLIVER OTIS. Papers, 1850-ca. 1925, (Bulk 1890-1909); 9 boxes
#80-1428; 80-787; 80-788; 80-2137 a-b
Union general; Commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau; founder of several educational institutions, including Howard University (Washington, D. C.) and Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, Tennessee). The collection consists of primarily personal family correspondence of General Oliver Otis Howard, spanning the years 1850-1909, written to his daughter “Bessie,” including some correspondence to other family members. Correspondents other than family include the following: William T. Sherman, Susan Warner, Osborn H. Oldroyd, J. W. Higginson, Hon. Thomas D. Eliot, Simon Cameron, Hon. Henry Wilson, and Louis Gareschi. Includes original typescript addresses prepared by General Howard for his many public lectures; various published addresses, articles, and reports; a scrapbook of newspaper articles written by General Howard, primarily when he was at Omaha, Nebraska; two engagement books; and a Bible that General Howard presented to his daughter, Bessie, on her wedding day. Of particular interest are the 50 photographs (ca. 1860-1905) that include portraits showing General Howard (with associates, family, or friends) in a variety of settings: both military and civilian. Gift of Captain Harry S. Howard; some items donated by Justin G. Turner. Additional donors of individual items are noted in the finding aid.
HUNT, ALBERT S. Correspondence, 1865-1872; n.d. 7 items
#80-1336; 80-1335; 80-1313; 80-1316; 80-1449; 80-1450; 80-1448
Reverend Hunt’s collection includes correspondence with W. Adenur, Ermano Rondthaler, Susan Warner, and Joseph Cummings. The letter from Rondthaler (Nov. 2, 1871, Brooklyn) discusses plans to issue a magazine, and writes that Drs. Cuyler and Abel Stevens have undertaken to furnish articles for the publication. Further, he writes to request Rev. Hunt to provide articles for the same publication.
IOBST, RICHARD W. Dissertation, 1968; 1 vol
The dissertation entitled North Carolina Mobilizes: Nine Crucial Months, December, 1860-August, 1861 was submitted to the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the author. Iobst discusses the mobilization of North Carolina, including several references and illustrations. Typewritten, 747 pp
JULIA WARD HOWE CHAPTER, NATIONAL SOCIETY, DAUGHTERS OF THE UNION, 1861-1865, INC. Minute book, 1940-1951; 1 vol.
The minutes were reported for the organizers of the Julia Ward Howe Chapter, held at a member’s home at Long Island. The entries begin with the report that a charter had been granted for the new chapter and that the name of the chapter had been approved. Some information pertains to other organizations such as the New York State Woman’s Relief Corp.
KELLOGG, CLARA LOUISE. Letter, Dec. 4, 1861; 1 item
The note is addressed to J.W. Imhoff, saying “Dear Sir, I am happy to comply with your request. Very truly yours, Clara Louise Kellogg.” It originated from Lincoln, Neb. (Dec. 4, 1881).
KEMBLE, FRANCES ANNE, 1809-1893. Letter, Apr. 24, 1851; 1 item
British actress and later playwright; Kemble was briefly married to an American plantation owner, until her divorce in 1848 and return to the stage. Kemble’s letter is addressed to J. B. Wright, Esqr., National Theatre, Boston. Her letter begins with praise for Wright, stating: “all I can say is, well done thou good and faithful servant, send more associates.” She mentions that some money was “duly received … [and] will be acted upon, when you will hear from me ….” Further, Kemble writes that she is glad that he sees “the propriety of trying a Benefit … it is bringing Boston to acknowledge the general character of our friend — against all sectorial prejudices of towns or cities.” She states that she is “pretty well abused” in the Philadelphia papers but remains “unmoved.” Kemble ponders why actors should “attempt to cut each others throats, merely for sectional feeling of prejudice.” ALS, 1 p. (1 folio pc)
KITTREDGE, WALTER, 1834-1905. Note, Oct. 29, 1900; 1 item
American Civil War era songwriter and composer, and Union soldier. The lyrics to “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,” are written on a note to Edw[ard] J. Sawyer. It is signed and dated Oct. 29, 1900, Reeds Ferry, N.H. The message to Sawyer declares that the song entitled “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground” is “finally illustrated, each verse one of the best in the states–in fine seal binding book form ….” Gift of Seymour J. Frank
LAIDLIE, ARCHIBALD, 1727-1779. Letter, Feb. 9, 1772; 1 item
Reverend. The 18th century letter originated from New York on Feb. 9, 1772, and is addressed to “Dear Madam.” The letter begins with a lengthy apology for neglecting to write sooner, and further commences to praise the “faithfulness and sovereign Grace of God” and to cite verses from the bible. Laidlie’s theosophical discussion follows in the main body of the letter. He closes by mentioning that he has a cold, and that he has “not been able to go abroad …”; further, he mentions a “Mrs. Bayard” and “Mrs. R. Livingston.” ALS, 4 pp. (1 folio pc)
LAND OFFICE TREASURY WARRANT Document, Mar. 20, 1750; 1 item
The warrant, no. 4241, was issued to “the principal Surveyor of any County within the Commonwealth of Virginia,” for surveying a quantity of 300 acres of land that was “due unto the said” Henry Hurst. The certified payment by Hurst was in the sum of “one hundred, twenty pounds.” The sealed and authorized document was signed by the registrar on Mar. 22, 1780.
LANE, M. B. D. Account book, September 11, 1861-October 8, 1861; 1 item
Affiliated with the Confederate States of America Quartermaster Department. The entries pertain to accounts of the Quartermaster Department while stationed at Camp Buckner. See also the George B. Cockrell Collection.
The 16th President of the United States. Prior to the presidency, Lincoln served in the Illinois legislature, practiced law as an attorney in Illinois, and served in the U. S. Congress from 1847 to 1849. The collection is comprised of the following series: Presidential Papers, Legal Papers, Personal Papers, Miscellaneous, and Ephemera. Additional Lincoln-related material is contained in other collections.
“LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN SCRAPBOOK COLLECTION.” Scrapbooks, ca. 1905-1930s; 1 vol
The initial entry in the scrapbook is a photograph of Lincoln made by Herbert Georg. It is chiefly illustrated with postcards, photographs, and includes a few published articles pertaining to Abraham Lincoln; some articles pertain to the poet, Vachel Lindsay.
LINCOLN, ABE. Order, Apr. 22, 1863; 1 item
Consists of an order identified as “No. 3300, Generalfield Hospital, Tenn.,” and signed “Abe Lincoln.” It states that a certain named person “will not pass any one until further orders from me.” On the verso, the signature of a soldier from Clark Co., Ohio is inscribed. Gift of Mrs. Dan W. Castor
LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865. Autograph, Dec. 12, 1864; 1 item
The 16th President of the United States. Prior to the presidency, Lincoln served in the Illinois legislature, practiced law as an attorney in Illinois, and served in the U.S. Congress from 1847 to 1849. The autograph card inscription reads: “Let this man come right in.” It is signed: “A. Lincoln.” Donated by Alberta B. Farrington
LINCOLN, ABRAHAM, 1809-1865. Collection, ca. 1840-1889; Approx. 3 cu. ft.
“LINCOLN AND HIS LIFE SCRAPBOOKS.” Scrapbooks, ca. 1952-1975; 4 vols
The four volumes were compiled by Paul Ritz. Vol. 1 includes childhood drawings signed by Paul Ritz, and subsequent volumes include letters addressed to Ritz. Most of the clippings in the scrapbooks pertain to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The scrapbook items include magazine articles, postcards, stamps, and brochures.
LINCOLNIANA PHOTOGRAPHS. Photographs; 1 vol. (77 photographs)
#98-0010.1 through 98-0010.77
The collection consists of rare enlarged photographs from the collection of Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962). Meserve, the son of a Civil War Union officer, became America’s first great photograph collector. He acquired 10,000 negatives of portraits from Lincoln’s era, and he continued to add thousands of photographs to his collection. Included among the enlargements in the set are photographs of the following: Abraham Lincoln (various portraits, including the earliest known), three of the Lincoln family, Lincoln’s home in Springfield, individual and collective portraits of Lincoln’s Cabinet members, Hannibal Hamlin, scenes of Lincoln at military encampments, John Wilkes Booth, the conspirators in the assassination of Lincoln, Capitol Prison, the Military Court, and scenes from Lincoln’s funeral procession at Philadelphia and Cleveland, Ohio.
“LINCOLN’S CIVIL WAR CONGRESS.” Autograph book, 1864; 1 bound volume.
This autograph album of Abraham Lincoln’s Civil War Congress contains about 269 signatures, inscribed by members of the Thirty-Eighth Congress of the United States. The autographs are not mounted, but are written on the pages of the album. Included are autographs of: James A. Garfield, E. D. Morgan, Carl Schurz, Schuyler Colfax, John Sherman, Lyman Trumbull, B. Harding, T. A. Hendricks, H. Price, and George Middleton. Gift of Carl W. Schaefer
“LINCOLN SCRAPBOOKS I.” Scrapbooks, 1860-1865; 4 volumes
#80-2735; 80-2737 through 80-2739
Chiefly pertaining to the 1860 election campaign, these clippings are taken from the New York Daily Times and the New York Herald. Vol.  “Lincoln Election, Jan.-June, 1860, N.Y. Herald,”  “Lincoln Election, July-Dec. 1860, N. Y. Herald,”  “Abraham Lincoln, Contemporary, 1860-1865,” and  “Abraham Lincoln, Election 1860, May-Sept., N. Y. Daily Times.”
“LINCOLN SCRAPBOOKS II.” Scrapbooks, 1857-ca. 1935; 6 volumes
#80-2698.1 through 80-2698.6
The scrapbooks are comprised of a variety of material including campaign ribbons and pins, news clippings, published engravings, postcards, magazine inserts, advertisements from the 1860′s, and numerous lampoons from the election years of 1860 and 1864. Some of the sources of the newspaper clippings include Collier’s, Punch, Harper’s Weekly, The New York Times, The New York Herald Tribune, Portland Transcript, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Christian Advocate. The subject material includes articles about
Lincoln’s life, the elections of 1860 and 1864, Mary Todd Lincoln, Gen. U. S. Grant, the G. A. R. Encampment (Cincinnati, Ohio, 1898), and William McKinley. [Vol. 1] includes newspaper clippings about the “Outbreak of the Rebellion to Oct. 1861,” originating from the Springfield Republican.
LIVINGSTON, ROBERT R., 1746-1813. Letter, July 15, 1794; 1 item
U. S. statesman and diplomat. Livingston was a lawyer and member of the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1777 and from 1779 to 1781. His letter to his brother, Edward Livingston, mentions a “salary,” stating that it may possibly be procured from De Witt Clinton (American lawyer and statesman). He further discusses acreage and terms of purchase. ALS, 2 pp. (1 folio pc)
LOGAN, JOHN ALEXANDER, 1826-1886. Autograph and monogram card, n.d.; 2 items.
#80-2130 a & b
Union general and one of the organizers of the G.A.R. Consists of an autograph inscription signed “John A. Logan, Brig. Genl.” and a monogram card that was originally presented as a calling card through the “compliments of Mrs. Logan-Tucker.”
LOWELL, JAMES RUSSELL, 1819-1891. Autograph manuscript, Jan. 20, 1887; 1 item
American poet, essayist, editor, diplomat, and critic. The signed manuscript consists of a portion of the “Commemoration Ode,” the lyric poem that had been recited at the “Commemoration of the Living and Dead Soldiers of Harvard University,” July 21, 1865. Consists of the portion describing Abraham Lincoln “standing like a tower ….” Written and signed by James Russell Lowell, Jan. 20, 1887.
LYON, CHARLES H. Scrapbook, 1863-1888; 1 bound volume with auxiliary items
Lieutenant of the 15th N. Y. Cavalry, of the Seventh Regiment, 1st Company. A scrapbook of the 15th Vol. Cavalry. Includes a special order that authorizes Lyon to enroll Volunteers to serve in the Army, signed by J.J. Johnson, Adjutant General. Includes items pertaining to the 1st Reunion marking the 25th Anniversary of the 15th N. Y. Vol. Cavalry in Syracuse, N. Y. in 1888.
MACREADY, WILLIAM C., 1793-1873. Letter, Nov. 16, ca. 1826; 1 item
A tragedian. Macready’s note to C. P. Carter states that he “shall have great pleasure in paying my respects to you on Sunday morning, and am very truly yours, W. C. Macready.” Written by Macready while staying at the Tremont House. ALS, 1 p
MADIGAN, THOMAS F., 1891-1936. Letter, May 16, 1935; 1 item.
New Yorker, renowned collector of Lincolniana. The letter from Madigan to Dr. [John Wesley] Hill (then Lincoln Memorial University chancellor), regarding an invitation to visit L. M. U. and Madigan’s “Gettysburg Address manuscript.” He states that he has sold the manuscript, and has to “go out west to conclude the transaction.” Illustrated with an original hand-printed etching created by Bernhardt Wall. Typewritten, signed, 2 pp.
MARTIN, NORMAN R. Papers, 1863-1895; 14 items
A Union officer, of the 20th Regiment of U. S. Colored Troops, New York. Includes two muster-in-rolls, one as a Lieutenant and one as a Captain, a marriage certificate, an appointment to 1st Lieut. of the 20th Regiment of U. S. Colored Troops, New York, and one photograph of him as a Captain. Also, includes one letter to his parents, dated Mar. 2, 1864, Rikers Island.
MASSEY, RAYMOND, 1896-1983. Correspondence, 1939, 1940; 3 items
Actor, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (later became an American citizen). Massey was nominated for an Oscar (Best Actor, Academy Awards, 1941) for his performance in “Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940).” The correspondence consists of letters written to Lincoln Memorial University: 1) a short thank you note to Stewart W. McClelland; 2) a letter to Dr. McClelland, expressing his gratitude for the bestowal of the Lincoln Diploma of Honor; and 3) a letter to “Gentlemen,” declining an invitation to the “Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration” of Lincoln Memorial University due to a scheduled stage appearance in “Abe Lincoln in Illinois in Chicago.”
MCCLELLAND, STEWART W. Typescript (Bound, privately issued), 1947; 1 vol
President of Lincoln Memorial University ((1932-1947), and Lincoln biographer. This volume, entitled Speaking of Abraham Lincoln by Stewart W. McClelland, was privately issued in 1947. Includes a photograph of the author. Typewritten (carbon copies), 81 pp
MCGRAW, JOHN S. Letter, Apr. 16, 1865; 1 item
Soldier. McGraw writes a letter to his wife from the Asylum Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. to inform her that his “ancle” is healing. His letter also mentions that “the painful news of the assassination of our mutch [sic] Loved President Lincoln and the attempt on the life of Mr. Seward reached here by telegraph yesterday morning and struck with dismay the people of this community ….” McGraw’s letter continues with his opinion of the assassination and his foreboding that it might “create a revengeful spirit in the soldiers ….”. ALS, 3 pp
MCMURTRY, R. GERALD. Scrapbooks, ca. 1932-ca. 1956; 5 vols
#80-2701 [Vol. I]; 80-2113 [Vol. II]; 80-2715 [Vol. III], 80-2716 [Vol. IV], [Vol. V], 80-2705
The set of scrapbooks includes photographs with annotated text. It was begun circa 1932 by the teacher, administrator, and historian, R. Gerald McMurtry. Vol. I depicts various themes associated with Lincoln’s presidency. It is also biographical in nature by showing the early history of the Lincoln family at locations in Massachusetts and Kentucky; and, includes genealogical information inscribed on the tombstones at various burial places. Includes interior and exterior views of the various buildings and sites associated with Abraham Lincoln or his relatives, such as the Berry cabin and the cabin in which Thomas Lincoln married Nancy Hanks. Some of the people in the photographs include S. H. Bush, Mr. and Mrs. Fields Elkins, and various Lincoln authorities. Some of the photographs depict scenes not extant such as Lincoln’s first schoolhouse and the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Court House. Vol. II contains 96 annotated photographs of heroic statues in bronze of Abraham Lincoln and views that show the erection and dedication of the statue “Abraham Lincoln, The Hoosier Youth,” by Paul Manship at the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company building in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Contains 96 annotated photographs and includes an index. Vol. III includes photographs indexed in a list named “Life of Lincoln in Pictures,” that formed part of a supply list of Lincolniana Publishers. Includes a “Lincoln Pilgrimage Certificate” presented to R. Gerald McMurtry on Oct. 1, 1938. Vol. IV consists of photographs of various artistic images of Lincoln including those of Thomas Hicks, Alban J. Conant, and Thomas M. Johnson. Vol. V consists chiefly of newspaper clippings relative to Abraham Lincoln, taken from various newspaper sources of the 1930s.
MERCURY, ULYSSES. Letter, Mar. 19, 1867; 1 item
Letter from Ulysses Mercury, addressed to Mrs. Draper. Writes that something was furnished “last year.” The letter originated from Washington, Mar. 19, 1867. ALS, 2 pp
MERRELL, WILLIAM. Manuscript (typewritten transcript); ca. 1935; 1 item
Personal Memoirs of the Civil War As Seen By Major W[illia]m Merrell, Late Capt., Co. D, 141st N. Y. S. V. consists of 72 typewritten pages, derived from an original account. The narrative account, given by the Union Officer, starts with a description of the military campaign in Virginia, beginning the account circa Apr. 15, 1863. He describes the situation at his main outpost “on the direct road leading on to Richmond.” He further describes various situations such as: tactics to draw Gen. Robert E. Lee or a portion of his army back from the advance into Pennsylvania; marching from Frederick City to Gettysburg; the capture of his regiment’s soldiers by “Murphey’s cavalry;” being brought into a private home of a “rank Secesh,” after becoming sick with typhoid fever; the “Battle of Dallas, Georgia;” the deaths of his younger brother and other men in the company that took place during the fighting; the “Battle of Reseca, Georgia;” the “Battle of Lookout Mountain and Events Preceding It;” “Pursuing the Enemy After the Battle of Lookout Mountain;” General O. O. Howard; “The Battle of Kolb’s Farm;” “The Capture of Atlanta;” “The March with Sherman;” “The Battle of Peach Tree Creek.”
MERRILL, S. M. Note, n.d.; 1 item
Consists of a note written by S. M. Merrill to Rev. R. N. McKaig in Petoski, Michigan about a transfer to Nebraska and appointment to Lincoln.
MESERVE, FREDERICK HILL, 1865-1962. Historical Portraits: Vol. I-XXVIII, 1913-1915; 28 vols.
America’s first great photograph collector, and N.Y. textile executive. This extensive collection of photographs from the collection of Frederick H. Meserve was printed directly from both the original negatives and other negatives made from photographs. This multi-volume set, is comprised of approximately 8000 photographs, and was privately printed during 1913-1915. The portraits are mounted photographs, and each volume is arranged by subject area. Volumes I-III are comprised of portraits of Authors, Artists, Journalists, and Educators; volumes IV-VIII are portraits of Prominent People in Public Life; volumes IX-XVI are portraits of General Officers of the Union Army, War of the Rebellion (and Including Those Brevetted for Gallantry and Service); volume XVII, Regimental Officers, Union Army, War of the Rebellion; volume XVIII, Officers of the Union Navy; Caricatures; [and] Miscellaneous Portraits; volume XIX-XX, Confederate States of America; volume XXI, Confederate States of America; Miscellaneous; volume XXII, Clergymen; volume XXIII-XXV, Dramatic; volume XXVI, Celebrities of Other Countries; Miscellaneous; volume XXVII, Lincolniana; volume XXVIII, Index. This particular production, known as the John Gribbel set, was purchased for the former Department of Lincolniana by Mr. Carl W. Schaefer.
MESERVE PHOTOGRAPHS (CLASSIFIED SET). Photographs, ca. 1940s; 117 envelopes.
The photographs are indexed chronologically, based on when the original photographic portraits of the subjects were taken. The photographs are of various sizes, but typically the dimensions are 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. The photographs are derived from the Meserve Collection; they are reproduced from the original negatives or taken secondarily from a negative made from a photographic print. The classification scheme for the photographs chiefly follows the order given by Meserve (No.1-116), and includes one unidentified group.
MISCELLANEOUS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES. Circa 1939-1957; 1 box
The series includes articles in modern foreign languages that are Lincoln-related. Some of the articles that are in English are from a series issued in the Christian Science Monitor (written by Ralph G. Lindstrom).
MISCELLANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHS I. Collection, ca. 1865-ca. 1960; 18 items
Miscellaneous photographs of various sizes (26 x 21, or smaller), depicting Robert Todd Lincoln, the Lincoln birthplace, “Lincoln and Family,” sculpture of Lincoln, and other Lincoln-related photographs.
MISCELLANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHS II. Collection, ca. 1866-1920; 25 items
The photographs are of various sizes but are primarily 10″ x 8″ photographs mounted on matte board. The collection includes portraits of Ford’s Theatre, three photographs of the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators (includes depictions of the reading of the warrant, or general order; adjusting the ropes; and the execution), the graves and coffins of the conspirators, a portrait of John Surratt dressed as a zouave, Lewis Payne, George A. Atzerodt, Edman Spangler, Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Laughlin, David E. Herold, John Wilkes Booth, a portrait of John Surratt, the Petersen House, Libby Prison (Richmond, Va., April, 1865), the slayer of Lincoln’s assassin (Thomas P. “Boston” Corbett), McLean’s House, a military band, a street scene view of a poster announcing a benefit with the appearance of an “octoroon,” and a Gettysburg battleground scene of dead Union soldiers.
MISCELLANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHS III. Photographs, ca. 1870s-1998; 123 items
The photographs vary in size, but most are approx. 11 x 14 inches. They represent the work of various photographers and include both originals and reproductions; they are primarily related to Abraham Lincoln. The set includes the following: enlargements from the Meserve Collection (Lincolniana), various portraits of Lincoln sculpture, views of the campus of Lincoln Memorial University, and photographs of various illustrations, paintings, and historic sites associated with the 16th President of the United States. One photograph depicts a group portrait of Warren G. Harding, Robert Todd Lincoln, and Joseph Cannon. A few of the photographs are reproductions of various documents such as the Gettysburg Address.
MISCELLANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHS COMPILED BY R. GERALD MCMURTRY. 1 boxed set (approximately 200 photographs)
This boxed set of small photographs was assembled by R. Gerald McMurtry, historian and author of several books and articles written on Abraham Lincoln. It includes both original photographs and those taken of published materials. The set is arranged alphabetically by subject and includes portraits of Booth, the Bush Family, locations that Lincoln visited such as Atchison, Kansas (where Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley stopped in 1859), the inscription in Memorial Hall, and several portraits depicting Lincoln sites located in Larue, Hardin, and Mercer counties. Some of the original photographs depict scenes that are not now extant such as the Court House at Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Other portraits include the site in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, the church where Lincoln worshipped while in Gettysburg, various foreign portraits of Lincoln, and several statues made of Lincoln.
MISCELLANEOUS STEREOGRAPHS. Collection, ca. 1874-ca. 1930s. 12 items
#80-1149.2.22 through 80-1149.2.33
The stereographs depict portraits of various subjects including those of George Washington, Martha Washington, “Reception Room in U. S. Capitol,” “Love Tale,” “Troubles of Single Life,” “East Room in President’s Mansion,” “President McKinley addressing the people of Galesburg,” and the House of Representatives.
MISCELLANEOUS STEREOGRAPHS AND VIEWER. Collection, ca. 1905-1907; 19 items
The collection of stereo cards chiefly depicts religious and geographical scenes in Jerusalem. Some of the views include the following: “The Pulpit of Omar, Mosque El-Aksa, Jerusalem,” “Pilgrims on the via Dolorosa–the route to Calvary–Jerusalem,” “The New Calvary,” “Tombs of the Prophets, in the King’s Dale, Valley of Kedron, Jerusalem,” “The lower road to Bethany–southeast from Jerusalem, Palestine,” “The Valley of Kedron and Village of Siloam, Palestine,” and the “Garden of Gethsemane and Mount of Olives, from the eastern wall–Jerusalem, Palestine.” Other stereo cards include: “Princess St., N. E. from Royal Institution past Scott Monument to Calton Hill , Edinburgh, Scotland,” “President Wilson taking the Oath of Office, U. S. Capitol, Washington, D. C.,” and “President Wilson and his Cabinet, Washington, D. C.”
MISCELLANEOUS STEREOGRAPHS AND VIEWER. Collection, ca. 1860-ca. 1930s. 31 items.
#80-1149.2.1 through .21 (21 items); 89-0008.2 through .3 (2 items); 95-005.0001 through .007 (7 items); 1 viewer
The collection of stereo cards chiefly depicts various scenes relating to Abraham Lincoln. The cards measure approximately 4 1/2″ x 7″ that can be viewed through the viewer. Some views are non-stereoscopic. The scenes depicted include the birthplace cabin of Abraham Lincoln; various portraits of Abraham Lincoln; “The Old Capitol Prison;” Lincoln Memorial; Lincoln Monument (Lincoln Park); “The Martyrs-Lincoln & Garfield;” Lincoln and his Cabinet; the Lincoln Monument by Saint Gaudens; the Lincoln Statue of Emancipation (Washington, D.C.); “Lincoln Memorial, Dissected Leaves;” the Guard of Honor with the President’s Remains (City Hall, New York); and “The Funeral of President Lincoln, New York, April 25th, 1865.”
MORGAN, GEORGE W., 1820-1893. Report, June 22, 1862; 1 item
Union general. Consists of Gen. George W. Morgan’s account of taking Cumberland Gap. The report (June 22, 1862) was written to Colonel Jas. B. Fry, Chief-of-Staff, Florence, Ala. Morgan was assigned by Major Gen. Buell to the command of the 7th Division, Army of the Ohio, with the goal of concentrating his forces at “Cumberland Ford,” and “to take Cumberland Gap.” The narrative report describes the difficulties of traveling on the roads leading to Cumberland Ford, and why he instead took an open buggy “in order to move forward as rapidly as possible.” Morgan describes the circumstances under which he “concentrated and organized the 7th Division,” and reports that he reached Cumberland Ford “on the 11th April, and made a reconnaissance of the enemy’s position at Cumberland Gap ….” Morgan reports of ordering an “armed reconnaissance to be made,” and tells of the ensuing skirmish wherein “we lost one man mortally, and several slightly wounded.” Morgan states in his report: “the rebel papers announced our loss was 150 killed and 300 wounded, and that their loss was thirty. This statement was untrue.” Morgan details his strategies and plans of attack, and in the report expresses his gratitude to “Brigadier Generals Spears, Baird, and Carter, and to Colonel de Courcy … and to the gallant officers and soldiers of their respective commands.” He closes the report by praising his personal staff and by “expressing my deep obligations to Captain W.F. Patterson, and the men of his command.” Handwritten, 15 pp
MORTON, T. W. Notebook, ca. 1887; 1 item
The notebook is comprised of a handwritten chronological account entitled “Swift’s Silver Mines.” It was presented by T. W. Morton, of Salyerville [sic], Kentucky. The intended recipient for whom the essay was originally written was “Brother Cockrell.”
NEGATIVES OF LINCOLN PHOTOGRAPHS (MESERVE), ca. 1940; 97 items
These 97 plastic negatives (5″ x 4″) derive from photographs of the Meserve Collection. A few other subjects are included besides Lincoln, including Ford’s Theatre and other historic sites, the barracks at Veroli, Italy, and the arrival of John H. Surratt at Washington on Feb. 19, 1867 (Harper’s Weekly).
NEWKIRK, GARRETT, 1847-1921. Poem, 1884; 1 item
Author and poet. Newkirk’s handwritten and signed poem is entitled “Lincoln’s Words.” It is also inscribed with: “Chicago, 1884″ and further includes a reference to Solomon’s Proverbs, stating that “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”
NEWLEE, JOHN G. Letters, ca. 1865-1884; 6 items
Confederate Major. Includes the following correspondence: a letter from John G. Evans to Jno. G. Newlee (Dec. 22, 1865, Barbourville, Ky.); a letter to Wm. H. Newlee (June 24, 1868, Knoxville), and a letter from J. J. Crawford to Wm. H. Newlee (Aug. 3, 1884, Henry County, Newcastle, Ky.). The letters to Wm. H. Newlee pertain to business matters associated with his store, including an “angry” letter from J.J. Crawford concerning “no credits on what I and my wife has paid you as regards our dealings.” Includes one accounting document with the inscription “Confederate States.” See also the George B. Cockrell Collection.
OLDROYD, OSBORN H. 1842-1930. Collection, 1880-1882; (3 boxes/1.32 cu. ft)
Infantryman in the Twentieth Ohio Infantry during the Civil War, Custodian of Lincoln’s home in Springfield, and renown Lincoln collector. The collection consists of numerous tributes to Abraham Lincoln that Oldroyd gathered from celebrated 19th century personalities. Among the tributes in this collection are those from diplomats, statesmen, military officers, educators, lawyers, justices, clergy, editors, and authors. The original handwritten tributes include those from Thomas Chase, John Fee, Augustus Hill Garland, Henry Grosvenor, Josiah Holland, Leonidas Houk, Noah Porter, Alexander Ramsey, and Thomas Young. Additional material includes a few photographs, autographs, or selections from Oldroyd’s 1890 publication “The Lincoln Memorial Album of Immortelles: Tributes and Gems of Thought by Eminent men.”
OLMSTED, LOUISA CLARK. Papers, 1861-1865; n.d. 8 items
The Apr. 24,  letter written by Louisa Clark Olmsted to her husband, Parmelee Calkins Olmsted, gives a firsthand account of Lincoln’s funeral cortege at Philadelphia. Mrs. Olmsted was visiting her family in Philadelphia, her first visit home after her marriage, when the Lincoln cortege stopped in that city. The six-page letter gives a firsthand account of the historical event, while the more personal comments provide an interesting background of life during the early post-war period. Includes correspondence between the married couple, written during 1861 and 1862, and a letter from “Bessie” to “Dearest sister Lula.” Includes the daguerreotypes of Parmelee Calkins Olmsted (a cousin of General Abner Doubleday, and manufacturer and seller of maps) and Louisa Clark Olmsted. Gift of Mrs. Edgar P. Holdridge and Maud L. Olmsted.
ORIGINAL PRINTS MADE FROM THE REDISCOVERED GLASS NEGATIVES OF PORTRAITS TAKEN BY ALEXANDER HESLER IN JUNE 1860 (SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS). Photograph, ca. 1950s; 2 items
#98-0026.1 through 98-0026.2
These two photographs of Abraham Lincoln were printed in Springfield, Illinois at the Herbert Georg Studio. The original portraits were taken as campaign photographs for Lincoln’s presidential campaign.
ORR, JAMES L., 1822-1873. Letter, Jan. 13, 1861; 1 item
South Carolina congressman and postwar governor, and U.S. diplomat. Orr’s private letter (Jan. 13, 1861, Milledgeville, Georgia) to Hon. A. G. Magrath, (State Department, Charleston, S.C.) discusses his interview with Gov. Brown and states that the occupation of the fortifications at Pensacola “was considered very important not only to Florida but to all the Gulf states by Gov. Brown and he had opened a correspondence with Gov. Moore of Ala. on the subject.” Orr writes that the barracks “were in possession of the Ala. and Florida troops,” and refers to the expedition under command of Major Chase, “an experience and efficient officer who has recently resigned his commission in the U. S. army.” Orr further states that “by some unaccountable folly, publicity was given to the projected descent on Pensacola before the expedition stated and it is probably that the federal officers and soldiers hearing of the expeditions abandoned the barracks and retreated to the forts.” Orr closes by saying that if he can serve the “Executive authorities” of South Carolina or the state “in any way whilst here they will please command me.” ALS, 2 pp
PAPERS OF CIVIL WAR OFFICERS: ANTEBELLUM AND POST-CIVIL WAR PERIOD. Collection, 1854-1924; 1 box
The artificial collection of correspondence (and autographs) of Civil War officers authored in the antebellum and post-Civil War period is represented by material of Zollicoffer (1854), Winfield Scott, W. T. Sherman, Robert E. Lee, A. Pleasonton, P. H. Sheridan, J. C. Fremont, Winfield Scott Hancock, A. E. Burnside, D. E. Sickles, Wade Hampton, D. C. Buell, and Jas. Grant Wilson.
PETTIT, E. W. Scrapbooks, 1861-1879; 4 volumes
The scrapbooks were compiled by Capt. E. W. Pettit, originating perhaps in Cincinnati. The contents include miscellaneous newspaper clippings that chiefly pertain to military matters. Includes an index.
PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM. Photographs, circa 1861-1865; 1 item
This 19th century photograph album features eighteen carte-de-visites. The portraits include Lincoln with “Tad,” Lincoln’s deathbed scene, “Booth and his Associates,” John W. Booth, Andrew Johnson, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, “Army and Navy, U. S.,” Gen. U. S. Grant, Gen. McClellan and his wife, and various military officers. It was originally presented to Mrs. Sarah J. Wood “from her boys, C. F. and G. H. W., Christmas, 1864.”
PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM. Photographs, circa 1861-1865; 1 item
This 19th century photograph album features thirty carte-de-visites. Most of the portraits feature Abraham Lincoln, including others of Lincoln and his cabinet members, Mary Todd Lincoln, Lincoln’s dog, the Springfield home, an interior view of President Lincoln’s Tomb, George Washington placing a laurel wreath upon Lincoln’s head, John Brown, Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Stowe Beecher, and Stephen A. Douglas.
PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM. Photographs, ca. 1860s-1870s; 1 item
The album is comprised of 46 carte-de-visites. Several of the portraits are unidentified, yet those that are identified include portraits of: Ikey Plumb, Capt. Nutting, Wm. J. Pell, Albert W. Pell, Mary Anna Folger, Wm. B. Folger, Emily J. Grant, and Julia Folger Nutting.
PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM. Photographs, ca. 1868; 1 item
The photographic album contains 42 carte-de-visites of portraits of military generals, leaders, and civilians. The front cover is inscribed with the name of Frank [N.?] White. The military portraits include those of Gen. Joe Johnston, Gen. Braxton Bragg, Gen. Beauregard, Gen. George G. Meade, Gen. Sterling Price, and Admiral Franklin Buchanan. Others portraits include those of Jefferson Davis, Clement L. Vallandigham, and James M. Mason.
PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUMS PRESENTED TO LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY BY THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, JUNE 3, 1934. Photographs, ca. 1930s; 2 vols
The albums were presented by the State of Illinois on June 3, 1934, during the governorship of Henry Horner. Other officials cited by the cover inscription include Robert Kingery, Director of Public Works and Buildings, and C. Herrick Hammond, State Architect. The photographs originated from the Herbert Georg studio. [Vol.1] includes portraits of “Green’s Rocky Branch,” the “Living and Dining Room of Samuel Hill’s Residence,” the “Hill-McNamar Store,” the “Berry-Lincoln Store,” “Robert Johnson’s Residence,” the “Miller-Kelso Home, and the “Offut Store looking North.” [Vol. 2] includes photographs of the exterior view of the Lincoln Tomb, various sculptures in the rotunda and corridors, and Lincoln’s sarcophagus surrounded by state flags that symbolize the various states through which the Lincoln family migrated.
PHOTOGRAPHS MADE ON THE L. M. U. PILGRIMAGE BY LARRY LOCKWOOD. Photographs, ca. 1940s; 31 photos
The enlarged photographs depict various people, places, and events stemming from the first Lincoln Memorial Pilgrimage, made during the summer of 1940 by the photographer Lawrence W. Lockwood. The tour originated on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University. Many of the photographs are of sites located in Springfield, Illinois such as the Lincoln home; others depict Lincoln-related sites in Indiana and Kentucky. Includes portraits of persons who traveled on the L. M. U. pilgrimage, including Frederick H. Meserve, Carl W. Schaefer, Dr. Steward W. McClelland (and others from Lincoln Memorial University), Isaac R. Diller, Paul M. Angle, Roy E. Basler, and Boston journalist F. Lauriston Bullard.
THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. By Frederick Hill Meserve, 1911; 1 vol
This privately printed book of photographs of Abraham Lincoln was published in 1911; it is the 15th copy in an edition of 102 numbered and signed copies. It features approximately 100 individual photographs of Abraham Lincoln, each with an annotated description, arranged in chronological order. Additionally, the contents include photographs of “Mrs. Lincoln and the Sons”; “Photographs of the Vice-Presidents, the Speakers, Members of the Cabinets, and others;” and “The Interment of Lincoln.” Also, one section of photographs feature “Lincoln at Gettysburg” from photographs made by Matthew Brady or his assistants
PRESIDENTIAL COLLECTION. Holographs, letters, 1787-1997; 1 vol
The artificial collection of notes, autograph letters and documents, is comprised of various original manuscript sources of persons who have held the office of President of the United States, some of the sources originate before or after their term in office. Contains documents of every individual holding the office of President: 1st (George Washington) through 41st (George Herbert Walker Bush). Includes an autograph letter, signed, from Jeffer[son] Davis, to Hon. Jno. B. Floyd (Nov. 15, 1859).
PROCTOR, ROMAINE. Original Drawings, (1 volume: 10 leaves)
The original drawings in this set were later published in Lincoln’s Vandalia by William E. Baringer. They were formerly part of the collection of Foreman M. Lebold. They include vignettes of “the State House,” “Prairie Schooner,” “Log Cabin,” “Ninian Edwards,” “Stephen A. Douglas,” “Joseph Duncan,” “James Shields,” and the “Present Restored Third State House.”
PROCTOR, ROMAINE. Original Drawings, (1 volume: 15 leaves)
The illustrations in this set are comprised of portraits of Lincoln biographers. It includes original drawings of the following biographers: William H. Herndon, Josiah G. Holland, Ward Hill Lamon, John G. Nicolay, John Hay, Robert Todd Lincoln, Jesse W. Weik, Henry C. Whitney, Ida M. Tarbell, Horace White, William E. Barton, Logan Hay, Albert J. Beveridge, and Carl Sandburg.
PROCTOR, ROMAINE. Original Drawings, (1 volume: 13 drawings)
These “Original Drawings by Romaine Proctor” were created for the book Lincoln’s New Salem by Benjamin P. Thomas. They derive from the collection of Foreman M. Lebold. They include the following sketches: “The Interior of Doctor Allen’s House,” “The Hill-McNeil Store,” “Clary’s Grocery,” “The Lincoln-Berry Store,” “The Miller-Kelso House,” and “Robert Johnson’s Shop.”
RANDALL, JAMES G., 1881-1953. Book Manuscript, ca. 1946; 1 item
Lincoln biographer, and historian. This original book manuscript (carbon copy) is entitled Lincoln the President: Springfield to Gettysburg by James G. Randall. Includes handwritten notations. Typewritten, 1481 pp., with an index. 2 copies: one proofed by Pratt, the other by Angle and Werner.
RANDLE, ANNIE ELIZA. Manuscript, June 16, 1859; 1 item
The handwritten essay of eight pages is entitled “The Struggles of Science.” The author was a resident of Huntsville, Alabama. The essay discusses the topic of scientific investigation and intellectual inquiry.
RANYARD, B. Letter, June 27, 1866; 1 item
A letter written to “My dear Madam,” from B. [Ranyard?]. Writes about their trip to Niagara Falls, where they visited both the Canadian and American sides, and further discusses the problems they faced.
RARE PHOTOGRAPH DEPICTING THE SECOND INAUGURATION. Photograph, ca. 1865; 1 item
This sepia print depicts a view of President Lincoln presenting his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865. Among those represented in the crowded scene are Andrew Johnson, Cabinet members, Mary Todd Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth.
REGISTER OF M. O. L. L. U. S. MEMBERS. Bound Register, ca. 1883; 1 vol.
The register consists of an incomplete index of members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. The name, rank, command, residence, and occasional remarks are given. Included among the signatures are those of Rutherford B. Hayes, John B. Neil, and R. P. Buckland.
REYNOLDS, JOHN FULTON, 1820-1863. Letter, Oct. 6, 1862; 1 item
Union General, who was later killed by a sharpshooter at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. In the letter to Brig. Genl. S. Williams, Reynolds’ message concerns the assignment of various regiments. It originated at Headquarters, 1st Army Corps at a “Camp near Sharpsburg, Oct. 6, 1862.”
ROBBINS, CHARLES A. Letters, ca. 1922; 2 items
A. A. Paymaster, United States Navy. Robbins was the Paymaster aboard the ironclad “Montauk,” and was on board when the body of John Wilkes Booth was received on their deck prior to the Surgeon General’s post-mortem of Booth’s corpse. The letters are written to: 1) Mr. [E.W.] Coggenshall, who wrote The Assassination of Lincoln (1920); the letter gives first-hand information concerning the identification of the body of the assassin, and 2) Mrs. Coggenshall, which is on the printed stationery of Charles A. Robbins, and signed “H. D. Robbins.” In the letter, it is stated: “One thing Mr. R– did not tell Mr. Coggeshall–when they examined Booth, on one foot was a beautiful French Cavalry boot, on the other was an old farmers high boot which someone had lent him as he had no chance to have his broken leg set and it was in a terribly swollen condition.”
ROSCOE, THEODORE. Correspondence, 1955-1977; 1 box
Author of Web of Conspiracy, historian. Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence with schoolchildren, adult readers, and editorial staff of the trade book publisher: Prentice-Hall, and various military and civilian personnel. The subject matter centers on Roscoe’s study about the Lincoln assassination: Web of Conspiracy, including permission letters and other correspondence. Some of the correspondents include Gary Planck, Dr. Richard D. Mudd, Philip Van Doren Stern, Richard Sloan, David C. Dodson, Adolphus J. Brunner, Jack Price, Lawrence Laurent (Editorial Dept., the Washington Post), Colonel J. E. Raymond, and Dr. Otto Eisenschiml.
ROSCOE, THEODORE. Original Manuscript, ca. 1971-1972; 1 folder
Author of The Lincoln Assassination, historian. Consists of the original book manuscript entitled “The Lincoln Assassination” by Theodore Roscoe. Includes handwritten notations. Typewritten, 103 pp.
ROSE, J. W. Miscellaneous papers, ca. 1920-1923; 10 items
Resident of Tazewell, Tennessee. Includes ephemera such as advertisements and receipts; also, three stock certificates issued to J.W. Rose by the Claiborne County Power & Light Company, and an indenture made by and between Jenkins, Lay & Company and J.W. Rose (Feb. 23, 1923).
RUNCHELL, R. R. Letter, n.d.; 1 item
The note is written to “My dear Brethren,” and states that “I have something of importance to communicate to you.”
SATTERFIELD, JAMES. Collection, 1865-ca. 1915; .19 cu. ft.
#88-0003 and 80-0003.1-.7
Soldier, of Company D, 1st Regiment, Tennessee Light Artillery. Consists of the soldier’s discharge papers, an official document authorizing an attorney to prosecute a pension claim for Satterfield’s son (1890), and various receipts that originated in Grainger County, Tennessee (1869-1911). Includes an ambrotype of the James Satterfield, a commemorative silver plate, a book entitled “History of Tennessee,” and some personal effects of the soldier. Gift of Mrs. Jessie Sulfridge.
SCHAEFER, CARL W. Scrapbook, ca. 1930; 1 vol
A small scrapbook that was probably compiled by the attorney Carl W. Schaefer, a former trustee of Lincoln Memorial University. It consists of  pages of clippings of poetry, biographical articles about Abraham Lincoln, and a legal article entitled “The Bar as a Profession” by the Lord Chief Justice of England.
SCHENCK, WILLIAM E., 1800-1878. Letter, Nov. 19, ; 1 item. [Transcription of the original]
A resident of Fulton and Oswego Falls, New York, Schenck was influential in the cause of religion and education. He was strongly influential in building Fally Seminary, and served as president of the school for fourteen years. He was a Democrat until the nomination of James Buchanan, after whose election to the presidency he became affiliated with the Republican Party and later supported the administration of President Lincoln. Schenck’s letter to his son Scuyler regarding the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pa., Nov. 19, 1863–a letter written on the same day of the exercises of the Gettysburg Cemetery. He states that he is “a self appointed ‘committee’ or escort to attend Miss McCright and her friends to the grounds and to call on the President Lincoln and Governor Curtin [to] take them by the hand.” ALS, 2 pp. Donated by his grandson, William E. Schenck (see separate listing)
SCHENCK, WILLIAM E. Manuscript (typescript), 1962; 1 item
Attorney, Assistant Counsel in the State Department of Excise in Albany, N.Y, and later served in the position as the vice-president and counsel for the U.S. Guarantee Company in New York City. This typewritten manuscript, entitled It Happened to Me, is comprised of 26 pages of text, with 8 pages of photographs. It begins with a genealogical account of the Schenck family in America. It includes transcripts of correspondence to and from George H. Reaney. The subjects of the photographs are Hendon Chubb, Daniel J. Tompkins, Nevada N. Stranahan, Henry H. Lyman, Patrick W. Cullinan, the author and other family members.
SCOTT, WINFIELD, 1786-1866. Notes, Jan. 5, 1865; 2 items
Union general, hero of the War of 1812, and the war with Mexico. In one of the notes, Scott writes: “please send me two copies (4 volumes) of my book. The second note is inscribed with a message from Scott saying: “Grateful for you courtesy, I remain respectfully yours. Winfield Scott.”
“SCRAPBOOK ABOUT HON. WILLIAM SULZER.” Scrapbooks, ca. 1914-1935; 1 vol
The scrapbook includes material chiefly about Hon. William Sulzer, who was a lawyer, lecturer, legislator, and liberal-minded statesman from New York. Includes numerous letters (copies) from Wm. Sulzer to various people including those to Col. Theodore Roosevelt, Arthur Brisbane, Esq., Hon. Sun Fo (Shanghai, China), and Hon. Henry Ford. Incoming correspondence consists of letters from various Masonic members, attorneys, businessmen, and statesmen. Includes some Masonic pamphlets; also, a pamphlet entitled “Roman Catholic Crucifixion of William Sulzer” by Adams Allen. Presented to Lincoln Memorial University by Nathan Reich
“SCRAPBOOK OF ARTICLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS RELATED TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN.” Scrapbook, ca. 1890s-1930s; 1 vol.
The scrapbook consists of clippings of poetry, articles about “psychical phenomena,” an article by Irving Bacheller entitled “Stories Lincoln Told Which I Shall Never Forget,” and illustrated biographical articles about Abraham Lincoln.
“SCRAPBOOK OF ARTICLES AND ILLUSTRATION RELATED TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN.” Scrapbook, ca. 1916-ca. 1940; 1 vol.
The scrapbook consists of various biographical newspaper clippings and magazine articles about Abraham Lincoln that were pasted into the “Life of Lincoln Told in Pictures,” a publication issued by Philadelphia North American. It includes an article about the 8th Battalion of District of Columbia Civil War Volunteers, who protected the 1861 inauguration of President Lincoln.
“SCRAPBOOK OF CLIPPINGS AND ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE 1930s.” Scrapbook, ca. 1932-1937; 1 vol.
Includes several clippings and illustrations on diversified topics relating to biographical articles about Abraham Lincoln. Include numerous Lincoln-related articles originating from Kentucky newspapers during the 1930s.
“SCRAPBOOK OF ‘HIGH LIGHTS OF HISTORY’ BY J. CARROLL MANSFIELD”. Scrapbooks, Feb. 20, 1933-May 27, 1933; 1 vol.
The scrapbook consists of clippings from a series of published cartoons (1933) by J. Carroll Mansfield entitled “High Lights of Lincoln: The Story of Lincoln.”
“SCRAPBOOK OF LINCOLN ILLUSTRATIONS.” Scrapbook, ca. 1887-ca. 1946; 1 vol.
The scrapbook contains chiefly illustrations, many of which are from various magazine covers. Other items include postcards, photographs, and bookplates. Some of the items include correspondence from Ralph G. Newman and various articles about the Abraham Lincoln Association.
“SCRAPBOOK OF LINCOLN LORE ARTICLES AND PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FREDERICK H. MESERVE COLLECTION.” Scrapbooks, 1905-ca. 1933; 1 vol.
The bookplate identifies this scrapbook as stemming from the library of R. Gerald McMurtry. It includes the first 108 photographs from the Frederick H. Meserve Collection. The articles from various published issues of Lincoln Lore (Fort Wayne, Indiana) span from May 18, 1931 to Dec. 18, 1933. Includes a typed letter from Robert T. Lincoln that is addressed to Arthur F. Hall, Esq., Secretary of the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company.
“SCRAPBOOK OF LINCOLN-RELATED POSTCARDS, ARTICLES, AND BROCHURES. ” Scrapbooks, ca. 1938-1940s; 1 vol.
Consists of  leaves of articles, postcards and brochures related to Abraham Lincoln. Includes a “Film Guide, Abe Lincoln in Illinois;” some of the brochures include “Little Known Lincoln Episodes,” “Little Known Lincoln Humor,” and “Little Known Boyhood Adventures of Abraham Lincoln.”
“SCRAPBOOK OF MISCELLANEOUS LINCOLN ARTICLES.” Scrapbook, ca. 1937-1947; 80 leaves
The clippings include addresses, newspaper articles, advertisements, and illustrations. A handwritten narrative by F. Lauriston Bullard is among the items. Several of the articles are about theatrical performances on Abraham Lincoln.
“SCRAPBOOK OF NEWSCLIPPINGS ABOUT ABRAHAM LINCOLN.” Scrapbooks, ca. 1860s-1893. 1 vol.
The flyleaf inscription says that the scrapbook belonged to “N.L. Briggs.” It subsequently formed part of the library of George P. Hambrecht. The scrapbook chiefly consists of newspaper clippings about Abraham Lincoln, especially articles pertaining to his political career. Other subjects covered include Mordecai Lincoln, biographical sketches of Abraham Lincoln, the arrest of Jeff[erson] Davis, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
“SCRAPBOOK OF SOURCES FROM THE 1860s. ” Scrapbooks, ca. 1860s; 1 vol.
A scrapbook with the inscription “Barrett” entered at the beginning. It includes numerous lampoons from various newspaper sources, poetry, and some lyrics to period songs; also, includes several published excerpts attributed to various politicians and statesmen. Includes a few published illustrations.
“SCRAPBOOK OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG AND THE FINAL JOINT REUNION OF THE BLUE AND THE GRAY SCRAPBOOK COLLECTION.” Scrapbooks, 1938-1944; 1 vol.
The flyleaf is inscribed “To Lincoln Memorial University, the place I like best in America. Hal Seaberg, Feb. 12, 1944.” The cover page includes a mounted official pass to the 75th Anniversary Camp, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that was issued to Halman Seaberg on July 2, 1938 by the Provost Marshal. Includes articles on the final reunion of the veterans of both Union and Confederate Armies who gathered at Gettysburg in 1938. The initial articles present an illustrated history of the Battle of Gettysburg and locations on the field of battle. The newspaper clippings are derived from various sources including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Midland News, and the Gettysburg Times.
“SCRAPBOOK OF THE LINCOLN ELECTION, 1860. ” Scrapbooks, 1860; 8 volumes
#80-2736; 80-2740 through 80-2743; 80-2755 through 80-2757
The scrapbooks are comprised of newspaper clippings taken from the New York Tribune. It is basically arranged chronologically into the following divisions: No. 1, Jan.-Apr., 1860; No. 2, Apr.-June; No. 3, June-Aug.; No. 4, Aug.-Oct.; No. 5, Oct.-Nov.; No. 6, Nov.-Dec; No. 7, Dec.-Appendix No.1; No. 8, Appendix No.2-Various.
“SCRAPBOOK OF THE LINCOLN ELECTION, 1864. ” Scrapbooks, 1864; 6 volumes
#80-2750 through 80-2753; 80-2734; 80-2746
The scrapbooks are comprised of newspaper clippings taken from various newspapers, chiefly the New York Tribune, during the 1864 election campaign. It is basically arranged chronologically into the following divisions: No. 1, Jan.-June; No. 2, July-Sept.; Sept.; No. 4, Sept.-Oct.; No. 5, Oct.; No. 6, Nov.-Dec.
“SCRAPBOOK OF THE NINETEEN THIRTY-ONE RECONSTRUCTION [OF] LINCOLN’S TOMB.” Scrapbook, ca. 1941; 1 vol.
Includes brochure articles and illustrations about the tomb of Abraham Lincoln in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois; also, a photograph of Abraham Lincoln. The clippings consist chiefly of a publication entitled “The Tomb of Abraham Lincoln” that was compiled and edited by Bess King (1941).
“SCRAPBOOK PRESENTED TO LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY BY DR. CHARLES H. WACHTL.” Scrapbook, ca. 1930s; 1 vol.
This oversized scrapbook was donated by a Philadelphia physician, Dr. Charles H. Wachtl. It contains chiefly published illustrations from magazines and newspapers. Two carte-de-visite photographs are mounted on the first page. The clippings are primarily Lincoln-related, such as the commemorative sites and memorials dedicated to his memory. A few clippings pertain to the actors and actresses who have portrayed Abraham Lincoln on film or on stage. Other subjects include Lincoln biographers, letters by Lincoln, and cartoons.
“SCRAPBOOKS OF THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION AND TRIAL OF THE CONSPIRATORS.” Scrapbooks, 1865-[1902?]; 7 volumes
#80-2733; 80-2744; 80-2745; 80-2747 through 80-2749; 80-2754
The scrapbook collection originated circa 1865; the compiler is unknown, though it was possibly compiled by J. E. Burton. The material is chiefly from the year 1865, with a few later items. It is comprised of newspaper clippings relative to the assassination of President Lincoln and those pertaining to the trial of the conspirators.
“SCRAPBOOKS RELATED TO VARIOUS SUBJECTS.” Scrapbooks, ca. 1932-ca. 1949; 55 vols.
The series of scrapbooks are chiefly comprised of newspaper clippings relating to a variety of subjects, including numerous articles about firefighters, victims of fires, gas tank blasts, street car crashes, train wreckages, and rescues–most of which occurred in the Chicago area. Articles relating to Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and slavery are interspersed throughout the series. Includes several articles pertaining to stage and screen players, Lincoln scholars, book reviews, dinners, speeches, Civil War veterans, G. A. R. encampments, published poetry, and Memorial Day services.
SEABERG, HAL. Manuscript, ca. 1939-1941; 1 volume
A Swedish immigrant, and self-described steel worker from Midland, Pennsylvania. The two narratives are entitled “Twice a Pilgrim Through the Lincoln Country: 1939-1940″ and “On the Lincoln Trail in 1941.” Both are authored by Seaberg, who narrates a short history of Sweden, and further describes his vacation trips to Lincoln sites. The journeys included the Lincoln Memorial Pilgrimage of 1940, sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University, where he writes of the people and places he came in contact with. He also describes his vacation trips to sites made during 1939 and 1941. The manuscript is typewritten (carbon copy), and includes photographs along with two letters written to R. Gerald McMurtry.
SEVIER, JOHN, 1745-1815. Court summons, Feb. 3. 1802; 1 item.
Governor of Tennessee (1796-1801; 1803-1809). The court summons, issued by the State of Tennessee to the Sheriff of Washington County, commands James Gordon, Esqr. to be a witness on behalf of a plaintiff in his suit against the defendant, Isaac Lincoln. The summons is signed by John Sevier.
SEWARD, WILLIAM H., 1801-1872. Document, Dec. 10, 1867; 1 item.
American statesman, served as governor of New York State from 1839-1843 and as senator in the U.S. Senate from 1849-1861. Seward was active in organizing the Republican Party, and served as Lincoln’s Secretary of State. The document, signed by Seward, was issued to the “Municipal Authorities of Guingamp, France,” as a presentation letter for a copy of the book entitled The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, late President of the United States of America, and the Attempted Assassination of William H. Seward, Secretary of State, and Frederick W. Seward, Assistant Secretary, on the Evening of the 14th of April, 1865: Expressions of Condolence and Sympathy Inspired by these Events. DS, 1 p.
SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD. 1856-1950. Letters, 1917, 1918, 1944; 7 items
20th century British playwright, Nobel Prize winner for literature (1925). Consists of typewritten transcripts of correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and Judd Stewart, a renowned Lincoln collector. The transcripts were donated by Stewart’s son, C. Judd Stewart. Another letter, written by Robert L. Kincaid (Dec. 22, 1944, Lincoln Memorial University) to George Bernard Shaw was returned by Shaw with his autograph endorsement regarding permission to quote from the Stewart-Shaw correspondence, and concerning the Barnard statue of Abraham Lincoln in London. The endorsement states: “Permission granted with pleasure. I have not been in London lately; but up to the present (25 Jan.) I have not heard of any damage to the St. Gaudens statue. G. Bernard Shaw.”
SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD, 1856-1950. Note, Oct. 31, 1936; 1 item
20th century British playwright, Nobel Prize winner for literature (1925). Consists of a tribute to Lincoln that was written for Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, Tennessee). It states: “Lincoln was a lucky man. He died in the glory of victory before the North had time to abuse it.”
SHERMAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH, 1820-1891. Manuscript, [May 1, 1887]; 84 leaves
Union general. The original holograph manuscript of General William T. Sherman, written for an article published in Century magazine (Feb. 1888). It is entitled “The Grand Strategy of the War of the Rebellion: 1861-1865.” It also discusses a few events occurring after the Civil War.
SHERMAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH, 1820-1891. Official Report, July 21, 1861; 1 vol.
Union general. This original manuscript (8 pp.) consists of Colonel William T. Sherman’s Official Report of the Battle of Bull Run, Va., July 21, 1861. It originated at the Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, at Fort Concoran. It is addressed to Capt. A. Baird, Asst. Adgt. Gen., Washington, D. C. In it, Sherman submits his report of the operations of his Brigade during the fighting action.
SHERWOOD, ROBERT E., 1896-1955. Manuscript (typescript), 1939; 1 item
American playwright. Consists of the final script of Abe Lincoln in Illinois, the screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood. It is autographed by the stars, the playwright, and the director of the film. Gift of the Max Gordon Plays & Pictures Corporation (1939). Typewritten, 289 pp
SIGOURNEY, G. H. Letter, n.d.; 1 item
Letter from G. H. Sigourney, to Reverend W. Coles, discussing the return of an issue of “Quarterly Review.” Sigourney further thanks the Reverend for sending “Badger’s Weekly Messenger,” and inquires “whether it is yours or mine, or rather, to which of us the publisher sends it.”
SMITH, EARL HOBSON. Manuscript (Typescript), ca. 1946; 1 item
Lincoln Takes a Wife: A Comedy in Three Acts was written by the nationally known playwright, Earl Hobson Smith. After graduating from Columbia in 1926, he accepted a position on the faculty of Lincoln Memorial University, where he taught for 44 years until his retirement in 1970. The play was produced by the “Lincoln Players” of Lincoln Memorial University in various high schools in 1945 and 1946. The action of the play takes place in the parlor of the Governor’s mansion in Springfield, Illinois, circa 1840. Typewritten, 117 pp
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, Jan. 1, 1865-Apr. 27, 1865; 1 vol.
Many of the entries bear the signature of General Oliver Otis Howard. Gift of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Commandery of Ohio.
SPENCER, J. A. Letter, Apr. 1, 1844; 1 item
Letter from J. A. Spencer, to Rev. J. C. Bingham, acknowledging receipt of the “Circular of the Committee of the Four of Berkshire.” Further, he writes: “you and your associates in the committee must be ready to come in for your full share of the responsibility.” Dated Apr. 1, 1844, Utica [New York]
STEDMAN, EDMUND CLARENCE, 1833-1908. Letter, June 11, 1884; 1 item
American poet, critic, and editor. Stedman’s letter to “Dear Sir” is a manifold typewritten letter that explains his resolutions not to: 1) read any manuscripts sent to him; 2) offer any person’s manuscript to an editor or publisher; 3) engage to deliver poems or addresses, upon ordinary occasions, before societies, etc.; and 4) respond to miscellaneous requests for service, and to literary and other communications not essential to his regular work. He further states that he is under strict orders to “forego the pleasure” of social and general correspondence with his personal acquaintances. Typewritten, signed, 2 pp.
STRICKLAND, [AYMES?]. Autograph, July [8?], 1861; 1 item
Autograph of [Aymes?] Strickland. Inscribed on “Stereoscopic Establishment & Depot for Fine Art Work, London” stationery.
SUFFRIDGE, ANDREW. Deed, Mar. 28, 1868; 1 item
Consists of a deed, filed in Claiborne County, Tazewell, Tennessee (Mar. 28, 1868); it is a deed for a tract of land that was transferred from Chesley Arnwine to Andrew Suffridge.
SUTTON, ADA L., and LLOYD OSTENDORF. Manuscript (Typescript), 1988. 1 item
The typescript manuscript is entitled Mistah Abe and De Missy: the Reminiscences of Lincoln’s Black Servant, Mariah Vance. Lloyd Ostendorf illustrates this biographical work about Lincoln’s black housekeepter Mariah Vance, 1850-1860. The writer, Ada L. Sutton, was associated with the elderly Mrs. Vance during a four year period (1900-1904, Danville, Illinois), when she learned the oral history that is related in the manuscript. Typewritten, 311 pp
TARBELL, IDA M., 1857-1944. Special Illustrator’s Edition, printed in 1900 (documents from 1793-ca. 1900) 3 vols.
Popular Lincoln biographer, graduate of Allegheny College in 1880, and journalist. Her biography of Lincoln, The Life of Abraham Lincoln, was issued in a special illustrator’s edition in 1900. Only seventy-five copies were printed of The Life of Abraham Lincoln: Drawn from Original Sources and Containing Many Speeches, Letters and Telegrams Hitherto Unpublished. This one is nr. 46 in a set that was published by The Doubleday & McClure Co. of New York. The inclusion of primary sources, inserted within the pages of the three volumes, includes photographs, newsclippings, a late 18th century account document, and numerous signed autograph letters. Included are several letters written to President Abraham Lincoln, and one document signed by President Lincoln. Other letters include those written by various politicians and military officers who flourished in the 19th century. Includes an index. These volumes are derived from the library of Foreman M. Lebold. Gift of Peggy Lebold
THOMPSON, JAMES MAURICE, 1844-1901. Letter, May 26, 1890; 1 item
Attorney, author, editor, naturalist, and geologist from Indiana. Thompson’s letter to “Mr. Higginson” expresses his thanks for praising his writings and extending an invitation to come to Boston. Thompson declines the invitation due to his long absence from home during the winter. He writes that they “lingered on the Gulf coast till the first of May and now we are just settling down for the summer, and hard work in our home.”
TIPTON, WILLIAM B. Invoice, Dec. 31, 1867; 1 item
Consists of an invoice to Mr. Wm. B. Tipton from Hoffman & Co., dealers in “Hardware, Queensware, Woodenware, Stoves and Tinware.”
TRADITIONAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THOMAS LINCOLN. Photograph, ca. 1850s. 1 item
The cabinet size photograph was presented to the Department of Lincolniana at Lincoln Memorial University by Mrs. F. J. Schafer of Franklin, Indiana. It was originally owned by her father, Lieutenant O. V. Flora, who had served in the Tenth Ohio Battery from Springfield. While in Charleston, Illinois he bought the photograph from someone close to the Lincoln family claiming it to be an authentic picture of Thomas Lincoln. It is believed to be a copy made from a daguerreotype; it is mounted on flexible cardboard 7 3/4″ x 10″. The photograph is labeled in ink with the inscription: “Thomas Lincoln. Born 1778. Died 1851.”
TRAIL, BENJAMIN F., (and DAVID and BARZILLA and WILLIAM). Family Correspondence, [1863-1866; 11 items.
Benjamin F. Trail, an African-American, served as a Sergeant Major in the 28th Regiment of the U. S. Colored Troops (Infantry), organized at Indianapolis, Indiana, December 24, 1863, through March 31, 1864. He served in Company C, and was killed in battle on July 30, 1864, during the siege of Petersburg. The correspondence of Ben[jamin], David, Barzilla, and William Trail (brothers), and that of Sergeant Preston Malone (14th Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry) spans the years 1863-1866. Several letters of Ben Trail were written shortly after his enlistment, while stationed at Camp Fremont, Indiana (Jan.-April 1864). New to camp, he writes a letter (Jan. 6, 1864) to David Trail, discussing his travel by train to Camp Fremont and various camp activities and conflicts. Includes two letters of Sergeant Preston Malone, stationed at Chattanooga, Tennessee, to David Trail (March 1866), telling him of his hopes of going home soon and of his expectations “to live at Gallatin, Tennessee.”
TWINNING, H. C. Journal, Mar. 13, 1865-Dec. 11, 1865; 1 item
*Note: pages are missing–there are 4 groups of notebook papers that are unbound; the pages are numbered. Missing pages 186-233; 236-275.
Consists of a handwritten journal kept by H.C. Twinning, Company I, 28th Illinois Volunteers, of Hampton, Rock Island County, Illinois. The account contains more than 175 pages of handwritten narrative. Includes 3 carte-de-visites of a Civil War pontoon bridge; “A View of Main Street–Brownsville, Texas”; and a portrait of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan. Gift of Colonel Alexander A. Arthur.
UNION ARMY. Account book, 1864; 1 vol.
The company account book lists money or goods for each man listed in the company. Remarks pertaining to the soldiers’ status such as “captured” or “discharged” are also inscribed with related dates. Two publications are pasted in the account book, consisting of the “General Orders, no. 364″ and a “Statement of the cost of clothing, camp, and garrison equipage, for the Army of the United States ….”
UNION ARMY OFFICER. Diary, 1864; 1 vol.
The diary was kept by an unknown Union officer who was first stationed in New York, and later transferred to Louisiana. The entries are handwritten in this daily memorandum book.
UNION ARMY OFFICER. Diary, 1863-1865; 1 item
The pocket diary consists of over 150 pages of entries that began during the officer’s service in New Jersey during 1863. Several of the entries were made at Fort Richmond and Fort Hamilton. Later, the entries are made from Louisiana while serving there in 1865.
U. S. GOVERNORS. Signature Collection, ca. 1860s-1880s; 144 items
Autographs of various governors and public officials, including those of E.D. Morgan, Gov. of New York; Elias N. Conway, Gov. of Arkansas; Isham G. Harris, C. S. A. Gov. of Tennessee; J. J. Crittenden, Kentucky senator; Horace Maynard; and Alex. W. Randall, and Thomas G. Turner.
VALLANDIGHAM, CLEMENT L., 1820-1871. Letter, Jan. 29, 1859; 1 item
Ohio Democratic politician who was arrested during the Civil War, under General Burnside’s orders (May 6, 1863) after giving an anti-war speech at a rally in Mount Vernon, Ohio. In this letter to “Gent[lemen]” he states: “If I am correct in the statements of the enclosed communication, and you deem it worth a place in your journal, be kind enough to publish it. If incorrect, please refer to the occasion when the occurrence mentioned by Professor Sanborn took place.”
VALUSKA, DAVID LAWRENCE, 1938- . Dissertation, 1973; 1 item
Historian, author, and academic professor. The title of the academic dissertation: The Negro in the Union Navy: 1861-1865, by David Lawrence Valuska, was presented to the Graduate Committee of Lehigh University in pursuit of the author’s Ph. D. In the abstract, Valuska states that new research demonstrated that a more realistic count of Negro enlistments into the Union Navy would be closer to an eight percent figure instead of a twenty-five percent theory. Valuska reached his conclusion “after methodically examining the naval enlistment reports and checking the names and biographical data of over 118,000 men
who entered the Navy, 1861-1865.” Valuska presents a comprehensive study of black participation in the Union Navy during the Civil War. Typewritten, 524 pp
WAITE, MORRISON R., 1816-1888. Letter, June 16, 1886; 1 item
Chief justice of the Supreme Court in the Grant Administration (1874-1888). Waite’s letter to Edgar F. Gladwin was written in answer to an inquiry on the part of Gladwin. Waite cites the article and section of the Constitution that provided for the establishment of a Supreme Court; also, he refers to the Judiciary Act of Sept. 24, 1789 and the nomination of John Jay.
WALL, BERNHARDT, 1872-1956. Collection, 1891-1956; 4 boxes (2.9 cu. ft.)
American artist and etcher of books; pictorial biographer of Abraham Lincoln. Bernhardt Wall served in Cuba with the 202nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Spanish American War. The collection consists of etched books (chiefly of historical people, places, and events), postcards, miniatures, portfolios, plates, correspondence, and various biographical newspaper and magazine articles about the artist-historian-etcher. The etched books include the following titles: Lincoln’s New Salem; Lincoln’s Gettysburg Trip; The Capitols of the Southern States; The Invitation to Gettysburg; Three Warriors of Lincoln’s Birthday; Following Stephen F. Austin, Father of Texas; and Following General Sam Houston, 1793-1863.
WALL, BERNHARDT, 1872-1956. Original hand printed etchings, 1931-; 1 vol.
American artist and etcher of books; pictorial biographer of Abraham Lincoln. This one-volume compilation of signed, hand printed etchings is from the series entitled Following Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865. It was etched and printed by Bernhardt Wall of Lime Rock, Connecticut. “Trial Copy No. 1, BW” is inscribed on the flyleaf. It was dedicated to “Ralph G. Lindstrom, California Lincoln Scholar.” This pictorial biography of Abraham Lincoln consists of approximately 350 leaves of signed, hand printed etchings created by Bernhardt Wall, d. h. l., and his wife Doris Turbet Wall. Gift of Carl W. Schaefer. Forms part of the Bernhardt Wall Collection.
WALLACE, JOSEPH. Scrapbook, ca. 1855-ca. 1860; 1 item
A prominent Springfield, Illinois lawyer, and author. The pocket-sized scrapbook was kept by Wallace and consists of newspaper clippings pertaining to various political stances of Thomas Jefferson, Henry Clay, Mr. Geyer, and Lyman Trumbull.
WARNER, SUSAN, 1819-1885. Letter, July 9, 1859. 1 item
American novelist and children’s author writing under the pseudonym of Amy Lothrop. Letter from New York, to “My dear Miss Garrettson,” writing to apologize for having to cancel a proposed appointment to help her.
WEBB, JESSE. Deed, Mar. 18, 1819; 1 item
East Tennessee resident. The certificate is a deed of land assigned to Jesse Webb. The tract of land (35 acres), located in Claiborne County, Tennessee was formerly owned by Samuel Nicholson. The document has the state seal affixed to it, and is signed by Joseph Mc’Minn, governor of the State of Tennessee.
WHEELOCK, JULIA S., 1833-1900. Book Manuscript, circa 1861-1870; 350 leaves
Union nurse, referred to in newspaper accounts of the 1880s as “Michigan’s Florence Nightingale,” who served in nearly every hospital connected with the Army of the Potomac. Consists of the original book manuscript to “The Boys in White,” published in 1870. It chronicles her service from Sept. 1862 to July 1865, when she was a nurse in most of the hospitals in and around Washington. A large portion of the writing was based on a journal that she kept of her experiences during the time she ministered to the sick and wounded soldiers. She also describes events such as the grand review of the army which took place in Washington, D. C. on May 23-24th, 1865. Forms part of the Julia S. Wheelock Papers.
WHEELOCK, JULIA S., 1833-1900. Papers, ca. 1856-1889; 3 boxes, 1 photo album
Union nurse, referred to in newspaper accounts of the 1880s as “Michigan’s Florence Nightingale,” who served in nearly every hospital connected with the Army of the Potomac. Consists of two handwritten journals (September 10, 1862, to December 31, 1867), that primarily records her daily field and hospital experiences during the Civil War and furnishes the basis of “The Boys in White” (1870); the original book manuscript for the aforementioned book; a scrapbook, consisting of poetry, clippings of war stories, certificates, and documents relating to her wartime experiences. Her official papers, consisting of certificates of appointment, war passes, etc., and a photo album (chiefly portraits of Michigan soldiers and officers) also forms part of the collection.
WHEELOCK, JULIA S., 1833-1900. Scrapbook, 1860-1870; 1 volume
Union nurse, referred to in newspaper accounts of the 1880s as “Michigan’s Florence Nightingale,” who served in nearly every hospital connected with the Army of the Potomac. In 1870, she wrote the “The Boys in White.” She was connected with the Michigan Soldiers’ Relief Association. The scrapbook consists of poetry, clippings of war stories, certificates, and documents that relate to her wartime experiences. Some letters are part of the scrapbook, and this scrapbook also contains many clippings of reviews of her book, “The Boys in White.” Forms part of the Julia S. Wheelock Papers.
WHITE, CHARLES ABNER. Diary, 1862; 1 item
Corporal, who was mustered into the service at Brattleboro, Vermont, in September of 1861. He was a member of Company F, 4th Vermont Volunteer Regiment. The entries were made intermittently throughout 1862; a few of the auxiliary items include an advertisement from an undertaker and a card of introduction from L. D. Grover. Donated by his daughter, Charlotte White Wagner.
WHITNEY, HENRY CLAY, 1831-1905. Book Manuscript, 1809-1861; 1 vol
A circuit-riding lawyer who had close contact with Abraham Lincoln during a seven-year period. Originally called “An Epitome of the Life and Character of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I.” This voluminous, original holograph manuscript was presented to the collection by Mrs. Foreman M. Lebold. The published biography (1908) is entitled Lincoln, the Citizen.
WHITTIER, JOHN GREENLEAF, 1807-1892. Letter, Feb. 23, 1888; 1 item
America’s “Quaker poet.” The Massachusetts abolitionist poet Whittier writes that he received “letters from friends in Washington and elsewhere stating the facts of Barbara [Fretchie?]. There have been attempts to disprove them, but I think the main fact of her loyalty, and her demonstration of it to the Rebels is proved.” ALS, 1 p. Forms part of Lincoln’s Contemporaries
WILCOX, ELLA WHEELER, 1850-1919. Manuscript, n.d.; 1 item
American journalist and poet. The handwritten manuscript by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is entitled “Foreign Impudence.” Wilcox writes about the recent “social season” and discusses her introduction to foreigners in the parlors of “cultivated American gentlemen.” Holograph, 17 pp
WILSON, RUFUS ROCKWELL, 1865-1949. Manuscript, 1949; 1 item
Historian, author. This typewritten manuscript is entitled The Great Secession Winter, and Newspaper and Personal Letters Written from Washington in the Winter of 1860-61 by Henry Adams. It was assembled and annotated by Rufus Rockwell Wilson, with an introduction by David M. Potter. Gift of Mrs. Rufus Rockwell Wilson. Typewritten, 185 pp
WOOD, FERNANDO, 1812-1881. Letters, 1855, 1861; 2 items
Statesman, and leader of the peace wing of the Democratic party during the Civil War. His May 10, 1855 note refers to an invitation to dinner; the July 3, 1861 letter was penned in the House of Representatives, and addressed to two gentlemen (Bryant? and Briggs). Wood writes that he received “your paper” and that he was entitled to it “under the Resolution of the House.”
WOODS, WILLIAM BURNHAM, 1824-1887. Letter, Aug. 25, 1886; 1 item
Ohio lawyer, Union officer, and later named a federal judge by President Grant. Woods’ letter to Edgar F. Gladwin states that “after eleven years service as Circuit Judge of the United States for the Fifth Circuit, I was on December 22, 1880, upon the nomination of President Hayes confirmed by the Senate as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.” He further states that he was “sworn into office [on] January 5, 1881.” ALS, 1 p
WORDEN, JOHN LORIMER, 1818-1897. Papers, 1835-1933 (bulk 1861-1868); Approx. .5 cu. ft.
Commander of the ironclad “Monitor” during the Civil War, continued to serve with the Navy in the post-war period, and retired in 1886 as Rear Admiral of the U. S. Navy. The collection documents the naval commander’s career and contains handwritten biographical manuscripts that are authored by Worden. Includes a personal scrapbook belonging to Worden, correspondence with his wife, various letters and copies of letters, and an account of President Lincoln visiting Worden at a hospital in Washington where he was recovering from his wounds received in the battle between the “Monitor” and the C. S. S. “Virginia.”
WORDEN, JOHN LORIMER, 1818-1897. Scrapbook, 1 vol.
Commander of the ironclad “Monitor” during the Civil War, continued to serve with the Navy in the post-war period, and retired in 1886 as Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy. The inscribed spine and cover title is “The Monitor and the Merrimac: Capt. John L. Worden’s Scrap Book.” It includes the following: photos; published newspaper clippings; a military telegraph from Fort Monroe inquiring as to the condition of “the gallant Capt. Worden;” handwritten notes inscribed in the margins of the newspaper clippings; and an original letter, in poetic verse, dated Feb. 22, 1864, to Captain Worden’s son. Forms part of the John Lorimer Worden Papers.
YOUNG, ROBERT W. Manuscript (typescript), 1993; 1 item
Pro Republica Semper: the Life of James Murray Mason, Virginian, 1798-1871 is an extensive biography of James Murray Mason, the Confederate diplomat who, along with his colleague John Slidell, was seized from the British steamer “Trent,” by the USS “San Jacinto” under the command of Charles Wilkes on Nov. 8, 1861. Typewritten, 433 pp
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- The Abraham Lincoln Collection Scope Notes
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