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Frank Howard Collection of Civil War History.

Identifier: 432

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Frank Howard was a well known Michigan collector who put together one of the largest Civil War collections in the Midwest, focused particularly on Lincoln. The collection was purchased by the Wayne State University Libraries in the 1950s and the books were disbursed into the regular collections.

This manuscript collection includes manuscripts, periodicals, postcards, signature books, and ephemera.

Notable items include a lock of Lincoln's hair, a bloodied piece of bunting from the theater box where Lincoln was assassinated, and the sister pistol to the gun used to assassinate Lincoln.


  • 1830-1950

Abraham Lincoln Biographical Notes

Born in Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln became a lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and an Illinois member of the House of Representatives. Elected president of the United States in 1860, he led the country through the Civil War, preserved the Union, and ended slavery. He was assassinated on April 14, 1865, while attending a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.


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Frank Howard Collection of Civil War History. 432
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Part of the Wayne State University Library System Special Collections Repository


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