“Selections from the Richard H. Stewart Abraham Lincoln Collection” celebrates the June 2014 gift of the Richard H. Stewart Abraham Lincoln Collection from Mrs. Joan B. Stewart whose late husband, native Delawarean and University of Delaware alumnus Richard H. Stewart (1936-2013), was an avid student of history and a collector whose particular interest was the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. The Richard H. Stewart Abraham Lincoln Collection includes a variety of books, documents, artwork, artifacts, and ephemera focusing on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era dating between 1861 and 2009. Highlights of the collection include an original 1861 appointment signed by Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward, two Currier & Ives lithographs formerly owned by the renowned Lincoln collector Oliver R. Barrett, a set of Civil War-era handcuffs, two reproductions of the April 15, 1865, edition of The New York Herald, which provided one of the best-known accounts of Lincoln's assassination, ephemera and memorabilia, and a variety of books and other publications. The exhibition will be on display from January 20 - June 14, 2015.
Curated by Timothy D. Murray