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Thomas Memorial Collection

Thomas Memorial Collection

The Thomas Memorial Collection contains materials related to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.


Included in this collection are more than 2,700 volumes as well as authentic photos concerning Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. A $10 check signed by Lincoln is also part of the collection and has been included in The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project. Other interesting materials include a piece of oak from the floor of Lincoln’s Springfield law office, a gavel made from a tree planted by Lincoln, and a section of his original marble sarcophagus. Several oil portraits of Lincoln also make up this collection.

A Brief History

Dr. Vernon L. Thomas, along with Dr. Russell C. Slater and John W. Fling, Jr., contributed books, photos, periodicals, and other memorabilia concerning Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. The collection was opened to the public on July 4, 1976.

Research Aids

Peruse the books found within this collection.

Documents that have been digitized are available on Knowledge Exchange, Southern Adventist University's institutional repository.

A finding aid is a guide to an archival collection. Finding aids include information about the collection’s creator(s) and subject matter, and describe the content, date, and format of the documents in a collection.

Request to view items in the Thomas Memorial collection. Please use the finding aid to identify items you would like to view.

More Information

Please contact Deyse Bravo-Rivera for more information about the Thomas Memorial Collection.