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University Archives: Marion Lynch Papers

Collection Information

Title: Marion Lynch Papers

MSS. COLL.: #009

Dates: 1962-2007 [bulk 1962-1986]

Extent: 1 Hollinger box (.4 linear feet)

Synopsis:  This collection contains the artwork of Lloyd Ostendorf in addition to publications centered on student and administrator activities at LMU.

Lincoln does his holiday shopping,


Lincoln at home with Willie and Tad,


Lincoln at home with Mary, Willie, and Tad on Christmas Day,


Lincoln, Old Bob, Willie, and Tad,


Lincoln studying law,



Processing:  This collection was processed and the finding aid written in May 2016 by University Archivist Travis Souther.

Biographical Note:

In addition to authoring five books, Ostendorf was a talented artist whose interest in Lincoln began at the early age of 12.  After graduating from high school, Ostendorf attended a local art institute.  His work took a short hiatus during World War II where he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Returning home at the end of that conflict, he worked as a commercial artist for the Journal Herald in Dayton and in close collaboration with cartoonist Milton Caniff in New York City.  In the mid-1950s, he became a self-employed commercial artist creating greeting cards, religious drawings, and pencil art.  However his fascination with Lincoln remained and became the focus of his principal artworks.  His personal collection of Lincoln photographs was one of the largest in existence, leading him to later publish Lincoln in Photographs in 1963, a work containing every known Lincoln photograph at that time.  Ostendorf was awarded honorary doctorates from Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill., and Lincoln Memorial University, where he served on the Board of Trustees.  He passed away in 2000.

Biographical Sources: Chicago Tribune Obiturary

Series Notes: This collection is arranged in two series. 

Series 1 is made up of the artwork of artist and author Lloyd Ostendorf.  The prints found in this series were created for use in Christmastime correspondence.  This series is arranged in chronological order.

Series 2 is made up of various publications detailing information on the activities and events that have taken place on the campus of LMU.  Series 2 is arranged in chronological order.

Location: B.2.4.6

Access Notes

The Archives and Special Collections of Lincoln Memorial University are located in the Carnegie-Vincent Library, on the 1st Floor.  Please schedule an appointment to view archival materials.  To schedule an appointment please contact the University Archivist.

Sensitive Materials Policy

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Lincoln Memorial University assumes no responsibility.


The numbers cited in parentheses, (e.g. 1. 5), refer the researcher to the

(Series#. Folder#) in which the respective documents will be found.


Series 1: LMU Christmas Prints by Lloyd Ostendorf

"President-elect Lincoln",1962 (1. 1)

"Lincoln and his personal physician", 1963 (3 copies) (1. 2)

"Lincoln and his minister", 1964 (2 copies) (1. 3)

"Lincoln does his holiday shopping", 1965 (2 copies) (1. 4)

"Lincoln the postmaster, 1966 (1. 5)

"Lincoln with glasses", 1966 (1. 6)

"Abraham Lincoln poses...", 1967 (1. 7)

"Lincoln pulling sled with Willie and Tad", 1969 (8 copies) (1. 8)

"Lincoln at home with Willie and Tad on Christmas Day, 1860", 1970 (6 copies) (1. 9)

"Lincoln with Mary, Willie and Tad in a sleigh", 1974 (4 copies) (1. 10)

"Lincoln at home with Willie and Tad on Christmas Day": Ostendorf, Lloyd, 1976 (2 copies) (1. 11)

"Lincoln at home with Mary, Willie, and Tad on Christmas Day": Ostendorf, Lloyd: 1977 (28 copies, signed by artist) (1. 12)

"Lincoln at Christmastime with Willie and Tad": Ostendorf, Lloyd: 1978 (2 copies) (1. 13)

"Lincoln with axe": Ostendorf, Lloyd, 1980 (1. 14)

"Lincoln and Mary hang a wreath", 1981 (2 copies) (1. 15)

"Lincoln, Old Bob, Willie, and Tad", 1982 (1. 16)

"Lincoln and Mary with Willie and Tad", 1984 (1. 17)

"Lincoln studying law", n.d. (3 copies) (1. 18)


Series 2: Assorted Papers

"Under the Big Beech": by Robert L. Kincaid, 1954 (2. 1)

"Boy Finds a Friend": by Robert L. Kincaid, 1956 (2. 2)

List of recipients of the Lincoln Diploma of Honor, 1939-2000 (2. 3)

LMU President's Annual Report: Nancy Moody, 2004-2005 (2. 4)

LMU Women's basketball program: 2006-2007 (2 copies) (2. 5)

Unidentified photos: n.d. (2. 6)


[Identification of Item], Marion Lynch Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Lincoln Memorial University, TN, USA.

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