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F. Ray Risdon Collection of Lincolniana and American Political Life COL-039
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F. Ray Risdon collected Lincolniana for almost fifty years. His collection passed to Occidental College Library in 1957, by which time he had amassed 3000 monographs, 1500 pamphlets, and 85 linear feet of non-book items. Of special interest to Mr. Risdon were the myriad ways in which people choose to commemorate President Lincoln, and this collection includes not only a wide variety of commemorative material, but also correspondence regarding the creation of a Lincolniana collection between Mr. Risdon, the Lincoln Society of Los Angeles of which he was a member, and the booksellers who helped Mr. Risdon locate the items.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the 16th president of the United States. Before his election to the presidency in 1860, he had been a lawyer, a member of the Illinois state legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives, and had failed in two attempts at gaining a seat in the U.S. Senate. His career tracked the major political movements of the mid-nineteenth century, as his support of the Whigs shifted to the anti-slavery Republican Party after the former party split along sectional lines in the wake of the compromises on slavery in legislation of the early 1850s. Shortly after his triumph in the 1860 election, and even before his inauguration, the Southern states began the process of secession in reaction to the first election since 1848 (of Zachary Taylor) of a president who would not favor the pro-slavery faction in Congress. Lincoln’s conduct during the Civil War has placed him among the most renowned of presidents. John Wilkes Booth assasinated him on the night of April 14, 1865, and he died the next day.
85.0 Linear feet 175 document boxes 3248 monographs
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Collection is open for research.