Descriptive Summary

10 folders and 1 oversize folder of material relating to Robert Todd Lincoln consisting of correspondence, invitations, railroad passes (1904), certificates, and other items by or to Robert Todd Lincoln. Concerning his father, Abraham Lincoln, there is a discussion of the Healy portraits and of various photographic images, the Bixby letter, the Gettysburg Address, Barnard's statue, Lincoln's habits and physical appearance, ancestors and descendants, nickname, and library. Included is an undated letter giving a history of the origin of G. P. A. Healy’s painting The Peacemakers and commenting on Healy’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln; a letter, dated Feb. 16, 1918, regarding the site for the Chicago statue of Abraham Lincoln by Augustus Saint-Gaudens; a letter to Francis Bicknell Carpenter, dated Dec. 24, 1866, favorably comparing Carpenter’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln to that by William E. Marshall; and various letters regarding the authenticity of an early daguerreotype portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

Biographical Historical Note

Abraham Lincoln was the subject of numerous portraits and memorials. Francis Bicknell Carpenter and William E. Marshall were 19th-century American portrait painters who made portraits of Lincoln. George Peter Alexander Healy was an American portrait painter who in 1868 created a group portrait, called The Peacemakers, showing the historic March 28, 1865, strategy session by the Union high command on the steamer River Queen during the final days of the American Civil War. American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens created the more-than-lifesize statue Abraham Lincoln: The Man (also called Standing Lincoln) for Chicago’s Lincoln Park, completing it in 1887.

Additional Notes

Related collections: George P. A. Healy Collection, Pierre G. T. Beauregard Papers, Isaac N. Arnold Papers, Thomas Barbour Bryan Letters, Richard Henry Dana Collection, Walter L. Newberry Collection, Abraham Lincoln Collection, Chicago History Museum; Biography Collections, Elmhurst Historical Museum; Joel Tanner Hart Papers, University of Chicago Library; Office of the President and Librarian, Program and projects files, Newberry Library