Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Oldroyd mss., 1864-1909, are letters and papers of Osborn Hamiline Oldroyd, 1842-1930, Lincoln collector and museum curator, relating to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Among the correspondents are Mrs. Nannie B. Arnold, John E. Buckingham, Mrs. William T. Clark, Henry Clark Corbin, William Henry Crook, Thomas Thompson Eckert, Henry Clay Ford, John Thomson Ford, Quincy Adams Gillmore, Mrs. Harriet A. Graham, William McDaniel, Richard James Oglesby, Rously P. Quesenberry, Julia Adelaide Shepard, Mrs. Jennie (Gourlay) Struthers, George B. Todd, Louis J. Weichmann and William Withers.

The letter of April 16, 1865, from Julia Adelaide Shepard to her father was published in Century Magazine, April 1909, and partially printed in When Lincoln Died by Ralph Borreson, New York, Appleton-Century, 1965, p. 20 (Lilly E457.5 .B73). For John Hoppman's testimony see The Conspiracy Trial for the Murder of the President ... edited by B. P. Poore, Boston, 1865, I:448-449, and The Trial of the Assassins and Conspirators ... for the Murder of President Abraham Lincoln, Philadelphia, c.1865, p. 70. See also Oldroyd's The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln ... Washington, D.C., 1901, for Henry Clay Ford's description of the theatre, p. 8, and the chapter on Louis J. Weichmann, chief witness for the government, pp. 153-194.

Collection size: 54 items

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