In 1995, the Revs. William F. Moore and Jane Ann Moore formed the Owen Lovejoy Society to advance the study of Owen Lovejoy (1811-1864) of Princeton, Illinois, a leader in the anti-slavery cause. This collection contains the papers that they wrote, presented, and published--the harvest of their sustained research into the life and contributions of Lovejoy.
The first file of the collection contains a detailed table of contents of each issue of the Lovejoy Society Newsletter (1996-2004). The second file contains a full run (ten issues) of the Newsletter.
Subsequent files are organized as follows: (A) Owen Lovejoy and African Americans, (B) Owen's Lovejoy's Associates, (C) Owen Lovejoy's Family, (D) Owen Lovejoy's History, (E) Lovejoy's Relationship to Lincoln, (F) Lovejoy's Political Activities, and (G) Lovejoy and Religion.
Most of the papers in these files were delivered at the Illinois History Symposium and the Conference on Illinois History, in Springfield, although some were presented in other venues.
The collection also includes William F. and Jane Ann Moore's detailed study of Lovejoy and Lincoln: With Increasing Respect: The Lincoln-Lovejoy Saga (2010), a compact disk containing an Introduction and a discussion of their relationship from 1854 to 1864.
In addition, there is a a recording of William F. Moore's Prairieland Chautauqua presentation, "Meet Owen Lovejoy" (2005); programs of the Lovejoy Symposium in 1998 and 2000; and papers relating to William F. Moore and Jane Ann Moore, ed., Owen Lovejoy: His Brother's Blood: Speeches and Writings, 1838-64 (2004), and their book, Collaborators for Emancipation: Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy (2014). See also the Lovejoy Society website: www.lovejoysociety.org.
William and Jane Ann Moore, residents of DeKalb, Illinois, and ordained ministers of the United Church of Christ, donated the collection to the Library in 2010-2014.