Artifacts added to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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[DEC. 14, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum recently acquired several more Lincoln artifacts.
One of the artifacts was donated by collector Kent Tucker. The
others were purchased from various collectors and dealers, adding to
the ever-growing Lincoln collection at the library and museum.
The acquisitions were
announced at a fall press conference with Thomas F. Schwartz,
interim executive director of the presidential library and museum.
"The acquisition of materials from Kent Tucker is an important
addition to the research materials found in the Henry Horner Lincoln
Collection," Schwartz said. "The Ruben Vose 1860 Lincoln campaign
biography is the rarest item any research library could hope to
acquire. We now have it. The G.P.A. Healy portrait is another major
addition to our already superb collection of Lincoln portraits from
life. The fact that Mr. Tucker selected the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library as the home for his collection speaks volumes
for this institution as the leading national center for Lincoln
Among the new acquisitions:
Donation of a rare
1860 Lincoln campaign biography by Reuben Vose. This copy is
only the fourth known to exist. This extremely rare biography
comes from the Kent Tucker collection.
Purchase of a
George Peter Alexander Healy portrait of Abraham Lincoln,
presumably from life. In Healy's autobiography, he discusses his
stay in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War and his visits to
the White House to sketch and paint Lincoln. This portrait is
signed by Healy but not dated.
Items from the
purchase include 45 autograph letters from Mary Harlan Lincoln,
wife of Robert Todd Lincoln, and Mary Lincoln Isham, daughter of
Mary Harlan and Robert Todd Lincoln.
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drafts of books by William E. Barton, one of the most prolific
Lincoln biographers in the early 20th century, along with
Barton's marginal notes and corrections.
A letter of Robert
Todd Lincoln to Henry White, dated Jan. 13, 1890, describing the
latest doctor reports on Robert's son, Abraham Lincoln II, whose
nickname was Jack. White was the secretary of the American
embassy in London, where Robert Lincoln served as minister to
the Court of St. James. (Americans did not use the ambassador
title until 1893. The title of "minister" was just below
ambassador.) Jack suffered from blood poisoning from an infected
cut. This letter was the first indication that there was no
medical cure for Jack's condition and that he would eventually
die. Jack died on March 5, 1890, in London.
Since August of 2004, with the donation of Lincoln's leather
portfolio, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has
received private gifts of manuscripts, photographs, broadsides,
prints, books and other items totaling over $1 million in appraised
value. Many of these items add to the knowledge of Lincoln and his
family and may be on display in future museum exhibits.
[Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum news release]