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Lester L. Cecil Lincoln Collection (MS-7)

Identifier: MS-7

Scope and Content

The collection contains pamphlets and clippings concerning Lincoln and his administration and letters from members of Lincoln’s cabinet including William Seward and Gideon Welles. It also includes lithographs and reprints of photographs. There are two original land patents signed by Lincoln and a certificate signed by John Hay. Boxes 3 and 4 contain issues of the Lincoln Herald and boxes 5 and 6 contain issues of Lincoln Lore. There are also several autographs of Lincoln’s contemporaries, including Fredrick Douglas located in folder 1 box 1.

In addition to these materials there are over two hundred books concerning Lincoln and his administration. These materials are catalogued and can be accessed through the Wright State Libraries data base and are located within the archives.


  • Creation: 1861-1961


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biography of Biography or History

Lester L. Cecil was born on November 21, 1893 in Miami County Ohio. His family had strong roots in the area and is listed among the earliest settlers to the region. He received his law degree in 1917 from University of Michigan Law School and began practicing law in Dayton. Judge Cecil served in the United States Army during World War I and then returned to Dayton to resume his law career.

On April 1953 he was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals Sixth District in 1959 where he later became the Chief Justice of this court where he served until 1963.

Judge Cecil was an active member of his community and was involved in many organizations including the Sons of the American Revolution, until his death in 1982. Throughout his life he collected and researched material concerning President Abraham Lincoln and it is those materials that make up the collection in the Wright State Archives.


3 linear feet (6 Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



Judge Cecil's collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia contains pamphlets and clippings concerning Lincoln and his administration, letters from the members of Lincoln's cabinet including William Seward and Gideon Welles, photographs and prints of Lincoln and his family, and other miscellaneous items.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged by record type.

Other Finding Aid

The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at It is also available in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository at .

Acquisition Information

The Lester L. Cecil Lincoln Collection was donated to Wright State University in April 1969 by Judge Lester L. Cecil, U.S. District Court of Appeals, Dayton, Ohio.

Guide to the Lester L. Cecil Lincoln Collection (MS-7)
Finding aid prepared by Patricia Burnett and Dawne Dewey.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA