Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois, houses a trove of invaluable historical resources concerning all aspects of the Prairie Statea€™s past. Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library commemorates the institutiona€™s 125-year history, as well as its contributions to scholarship and education by highlighting a selection of eighty-five treasures from among more than twelve million items in the librarya€™s collections. After opening with a historical overview and extensive chronology of the Library, the volume organizes the treasures by various topics, including items that illustrate various locations and materials relating to business, the mid-nineteenth century and the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the oldest items, unusual treasures, ethnicity, and art. From the Gettysburg Address, Abraham and Mary Lincolna€™s letters, and Governor Dan Walkera€™s boots to a Deering Harvester Company catalog, WPA publications, and an Adlai Stevenson I campaign hat, each entry includes a thorough description of the item, one or more images, and a discussion of its history and how the library acquired it, if known. Other treasures include the Thomas Yates General Store daybook, Dubin Pullman car materials, Civil War newspapers, a Lincoln coffin photograph, the Mary Lincoln insanity verdict, the Directory of Sangamon Countya€™s Colored Citizens, andLincolna€™s stovepipe hat. To highlight the academic importance of the Library, nineteen researchers share how study in the Librarya€™s collections proved essential to their projects. Although these treasures only scrape the surface of the vast holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, together they epitomize the rich, varied, and sometimes quirky resources available to both serious scholars and curious tourists alike at this valuable cultural institution. 2015 ISHS Superior Achievement AwardPresident Abraham Lincoln was referring to the struggle between North and South, between slavery and freedom. ... has selected what staff members consider to be a€œtreasuresa€ and has written a brief essay about each itema€”its provenance, anbsp;...

Title:Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Author:Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein
Publisher:SIU Press - 2014-09-02


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