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Lincoln  Collections



DAVIS, DAVID (1815-86).  CORRESPONDENCE, 1862-84.  1 folder (44 items).

David Davis, of Bloomington, Ill., served as 8th Circuit Court Judge, 1848-62, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1862-77, and U.S. Senator, 1877-83.  Correspondents in this collection include Judge Thomas Drummond, Ward Lamon, General William Orme, Leonard Swett, and John Wentworth.  The letters discuss political issues, court appointments, and various court cases.  Ten telegrams concerning the Liberal-Republican nomination of 1872 are also included.

This collection features typescripts from various David Davis collections, compiled by Harry E. Pratt as he was working on his doctoral dissertation, David Davis, 1815-1886.

GERE, ASA O. (b. 1846)  LETTER, 1941.  1 item.

This Jan. 7, 1941, letter from Asa Gere to Clayton Daugherty of Champaign, Ill., contains reminiscences about his life in Illinois and his acquaintance with Lincoln.  In 1941, Gere was ninety-four years old and the Senior Aide de Camp of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Clayton F. Daugherty loaned the letter to the Survey for photocopying in 1974.


"Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight" was produced at the Kelso Hollow Theatre in New Salem State Park, Petersburg, Ill., from 1980 to1987.  Written by James Hurt, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, it was performed by the Great American People Show, a summer theatrical company directed by John Ahart.  The play was performed in repertory, first with "Your Obedient Servant, A. Lincoln" and then also with "Even Here."

James Hurt donated the script to the Library in 1990.

JOHNS, JANE M.  CORRESPONDENCE, 1918.  1 folder (2 items).

This collection contains two letters relating to the Centennial History of Illinois (1922).  Jane M. Johns wrote to Clarence W. Alvord to encourage him to include a lengthy account of the senatorial election of 1855, but Alvord responded that the episode would only be briefly mentioned in the work.

 JOHNSON, ANDREW (1808-75).  CORRESPONDENCE, 1860-69.  1 folder (18 items).

This collection contains correspondence from and related to Andrew Johnson and his administration.  Among the topics discussed are a cabinet meeting about Ulysses S. Grant; the Philadelphia convention; and problematic cabinet members.

These letters are photocopies of originals in the Library of Congress.


These items, largely letters, were written by Abraham Lincoln, his associates, and others during the Civil War. The materials were acquired by Professors Theodore C. Pease and James G. Randall from various collections during the preparation of The Diary of Orville Hickman Browning, 1850-1881 (Illinois Historical Collections, Volumes 20 and 22). The letters deal basically with political and military affairs and with war-time financing.

These transcripts were obtained from papers in several historical agencies and from miscellaneous government archives and private owners.

LINCOLN WAY.  PAPERS, 1913-15.  .2 cu.ft. and 1 oversize.

These papers consist of materials gathered by C. M. Thompson, who directed the investigations of the route followed by the Lincoln family when they moved from Indiana into Illinois in 1830. The papers consist of letters; legal affidavits, which contain evidence of witnesses; newspaper articles; and pamphlets. The two pamphlets included in the collection contain the findings of the investigation.

LINCOLN, ROBERT TODD (1843-1926).  LETTER, 1896.  1 item.

Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln, wrote this letter to Walter Colyer explaining the impossibility of speaking in Albion because of previous engagements in Indiana and other parts of Illinois.


Abraham Lincoln's most celebrated court case involved the trial of William "Duff" Armstrong for murder in 1858. The previous year, Mason County, Illinois, authorities arrested Armstrong for killing Preston Metzker during a drunken brawl. Lincoln took the case as a favor to the defendant's mother, an old friend from New Salem. The prosecution's case hinged on the testimony of an eyewitness, Charles Allen. Allen claimed to have seen Armstrong strike the fatal blow in the bright light of a full moon. At the trial, Lincoln produced an almanac to show that the night actually was too dark for Allen to have seen the murder. Allen was acquitted, and the "almanac case" entered the Lincoln lore.

This collection consists of four photocopied, transcribed articles on the case, an obituary clipping, and genealogical information.

Ray Werner of Mason City, Illinois, a descendant of Armstrong, donated the collection to the Illinois Historical Survey through the assistance of his sister, Ruth W. Johnson, in 1984.


Illinois History and Lincoln Collections
Comments to: John Hoffmann
Last updated: July 24, 2006