Horner, Harlan Hoyt, and Henrietta Calhoun Horner. Papers, 1865-1968 | Illinois History and Lincoln Collections
This collection consists of the personal papers and research material of Harlan Hoyt Horner and Henrietta Calhoun Horner, as well as the acquisition information for their collection of Lincoln materials, which they donated to the Library in 1951 .
Harlan Hoyt Horner (1878-1965) and Henrietta Calhoun Horner (1880-1964), both graduates of the Class of 1901, were Lincoln collectors and scholars. They donated their personal library of Lincoln material to the University of Illinois Library, in 1951. It formed as the nucleus of the Lincoln Room, which opened in 1953. The Horners also established an endowment to expand and maintain the Lincoln Room.
This collection contains personal papers, correspondence, and research materials of Harlan and Henrietta's own interests in Lincoln. It includes, for example, Harlan's study of Lincoln and Horace Greeley and Henrietta Calhoun Horner's scrapbooks of Lincoln clippings and ephemera. The collection also includes a portion of the Horners' correspondence relating to Lincoln, photographs, other writings, and publications.
Integrated into the collection are items about the Horners, including Henrietta's scrapbook of college pictures preserved by her niece, Roberta Smith. Personal materials of Harlan Hoyt Horner are in Series 1 of the collection, while those connected to Henrietta Calhoun Horner are in Series 2. Their correspondence regarding the gift of their Lincoln collection to the University of Illinois is in Series 3, along with other acquisition information.
Henrietta Calhoun Horner's niece, Roberta Smith, donated the first materials for the Horner Papers in 2008. Pat Bove, grandniece of Henrietta, donated Henrietta's college scrapbook to the Library in 2011.
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