Clayton F. Daugherty (1899-1990) was a Lincoln collector and researcher who lived most of his life in Champaign County, Ill. He spent many years studying Abraham Lincoln's career as a lawyer, focusing on his legal work in Urbana, Ill.
This collection includes Daugherty's research notes on Lincoln in Champaign County as well as photocopies of documents from Champaign County court cases involving Lincoln. In addition, the collection contains Daugherty's research on notable figures, such as J.O. Cunningham, David Davis and B. F. Harris, and information on agriculture, inns and taverns, and other aspects of life in early Champaign County.
The Denver Public Library and the Urbana Free Library arranged for the gift of the collection from Daugherty's widow, Ossie, to the Illinois Historical Survey in 2002.