F. Ray Risdon
Collection of Lincolniana and American
To say that Abraham
Lincoln is one of the most revered political
figures in the United States is to state a mere
truism. Few citizens, however, translate
that respect into a lifetime of collecting and
organizing thousands of materials that relate to
the 16th President. F. Ray
Risdon (1888-1958), a Los Angeles attorney, took
that dramatic and important step. By the
time he transferred his collection to Occidental
College in 1957, the weight of more than 3000
books, 1500 pamphlets, 300 letters, and
innumerable other items had broken the floor
joists of the room in which they were kept.
was not limited to Lincoln. He was an
active participant in local and national
politics, a progressive Republican whose
principles led him, at times, to break from the
party line. Bipartisanship and an undying
curiosity about the history of his country
contributed to the wide variety of topics
covered in the collection. While its focus
is on the American Civil War and the debates
that surrounded it, the dates of materials range
from the late 18th century to the
middle of the 20th.
For a list of
primary source materials in the collection, go to
aid, a research guide.
To search for books
and other published works, go to the catalog.
About this Project /
This exhibit was developed
by Jonathan Sudholt as part of an internship
Simmons Graduate School of Library
and Information Science.
The project is
developed in collaboration with the Special
Dale Ann Stieber, Special Collections Librarian.