Historical Society, the New York State Archives, and the
Archives of Michigan. The staff of the Papers of Abraham
Lincoln appreciates the assistance of Lynne Hollingsworth
and Charlene Smith in Kentucky, Kathleen Roe and Monica
Gray in New York, and Mark E. Harvey and Julie K.
Meyerle in Michigan.
The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK, and Texas Tech
University in Lubbock, have also provided images of their
Lincoln documents. Special thanks to April Miller at the
Gilcrease Museum and James Brink and Bruce Cammack
at the Special Collections Library at Texas Tech.
This quarter, staff members have been busy attending
historical conferences and making paper presentations.
In October, John Lupton attended the annual
Association for Documentary Editing conference in Tucson,
Arizona. Lupton serves as the organization’s treasurer and is
involved with the association’s plans to hold the 2009
conference in Springfield, Illinois, to celebrate the bicentennial
of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
Assistant Editor Christopher Schnell presented
“Lincoln and the Kentuckians: Placing Abraham Lincoln in
Context with Lawyers and Clients from his Native State” at
the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, “Lincoln: The Lawyer,”
Symposium, Covington, Kentucky, on October 4.
On October 20, Assistant Editor Stacy McDermott
talked with a group at the University of Illinois in Urbana as
part of a series entitled “Living with Lincoln.” She was one
of six presenters, all holding Illinois Ph.D.s, who talked about
their work in Lincoln studies.
On October 24 and 25,
Daniel Stowell, Assistant Editor A J
Aiséirithe, and Assistant Editor
David Gerleman attended “Abraham
Lincoln and Jefferson Davis: Two
Visions of America,” a conference
sponsored by the Filson Historical
Society in Louisville, Kentucky. All
three delivered papers at the
conference. Stowell presented
“Patronage as a Weapon: Abraham
Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the
Contest for Kentucky”; Aiséirithe
presented “German Americans,
Abraham Lincoln, and Civil War
Radicalism”; and Gerleman
presented “Men on Horseback:
Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis,
and the Equestrian Image of the
On October 30 and 31, Stacy McDermott, Research
Associate Kelley Clausing, Research Associate Erika Holst,
and Graduate Assistant Robert Crosby presented papers at
the Conference on Illinois History in Springfield. McDermott
presented “Base Balls and Ballots: The Nation’s Pastime,
Politics, and Nationalism in Illinois on the Eve of the Civil
War” and served as a moderator of a session about sex radicals
in Chicago. Holst’s paper was entitled “‘One of the Best
Women I Ever Knew’: Abraham Lincoln and Rebecca K.
Pomeroy.” Clausing and Crosby were part of the same panel.
Clausing presented “Abraham Lincoln and the Mexican War,”
and Crosby presented “Wooing Mr. Lincoln: The Courtship
of Mr. Lincoln into the Republican Party and His Quandary
In December, Daniel Stowell and John Lupton spoke
at a special session of the Illinois Judges Association meeting
in Chicago. Stowell spoke about Lincoln’s philosophy of law
derived from speeches and correspondence. Lupton talked
about the quality of Lincoln’s legal writing. Stowell and Lupton
also participated in the filming of two episodes of the Chicago
cable access program Illinois Law, in which they discussed
the Lincoln-Douglas debates and Lincoln the lawyer.
John Lupton, Christopher Schnell, and Erika Holst
wrote entries for The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia,
edited by Paul Finkelman and Martin J. Hershock
(Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2008). Lupton wrote “Circuit
Courts” and “Lincoln, Legal and Early Political Career.”
Schnell wrote “Lincoln, Young Manhood to Eve of Political
Career,” and Holst wrote “Todd Family.”
Panel of the “Lincoln the Prairie Lawyer” Presentation
Mt. Vernon, IL, September 18, 2008
(from left to right: Director Daniel Stowell; Jack C. Carey, President of the Illinois
State Bar Association; former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar; Associate Director John
Lupton; and Assistant Editor Stacy McDermott.
Image courtesy of the Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, IL.
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