This collection is comprised of manuscripts written by Adin Baber, which include one letter addressed to Mrs. Henrietta Calhoun Horner, as well as a typed copy of his work entitled, "The Charleston Affair."
Adin Baber wrote several books on Abraham Lincoln and the Hanks family, including Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks.
Baber sent this letter and typescript of "The Charleston Affair" to Mrs. Horner on September 15, 1946. In the letter, Baber discussed the various Hanks family members mentioned in his work, "The Charleston Affair," as well as alternate names of individual family members.
Baber's "The Charleston Affair" revolves around a skirmish occurring in Charleston, Illinois during the Civil War. "The Charleston Affair" includes the following introductory note: "Being a narration of the affray at Charleston, Illinois between Union soldiers and anti-war Democrats which occurred March 28, 1864, as possibly related by Dennis Hanks on the occasion of his trip to the White House to see Abraham Lincoln." The copy includes handwritten notes in the margins adding details and corrections. The narration is dated August 11, 1936, but the typescript included in this collection was recopied in August of 1946. The last page also includes an inscription to Mrs. Horner with the date and Baber's signature.
The Lincoln Room was established with Harlan and Henrietta Horner's donation of their collection Lincoln books and related materials in the early 1950s. This document was part of the Horner's donation and was originally cataloged under the call number MS.Q.973.74 B11C. In 2001, the Lincoln Room was combined with the Illinois History Survey to form the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections unit.