Yale buys huge, major Lincoln collection
Wm. N. Meserve was a Union soldier who kept detailed diaries, and later suffered post-traumatic stress and left his family. Years later his son, Frederick H. Meserve, offered to built a photograph collection to compliment his father's Civil War diaries if his dad would translate them. They both succeeded in this join project with the end goal of improving their relationship. The son found a number of prints and then 10,000 discarded glass negatives from Brady's studios, including seven life negatives of Lincoln. He bought them all. Many of the plates went to the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. in 1981. Frederick became a major collection of Lincoln images and related materials.His daughter, Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt, worked with her dad finding Lincoln family scrapbooks and 600 volumes of Lincoln's personal library.Her descendants want the collection stored better. What kind of finances and historic view did these folks have to purchase and collect this collection?
The Lincoln collection will be divided by format into Yale's rare book library and art museum in fall.
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