This collection contains correspondence between Dorothy Lamon Teillard and the Kubicek family, letters about Teillard, and other materials.
Dorothy Lamon Teillard was born in 1858 and was the daughter of Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's bodyguard and friend. Her mother died while Dorothy was an infant, and she raised by her father's sister in Danville, Illinois. She met Abraham Lincoln when she was six years old while visiting her father. As an adult, she owned a gold mine in Colorado and spent her time between the mine, her job as official stenographer of the Commissioner of Pensions in Washington D.C., and abroad in Europe. Teillard served as the editor for Ward Hill Lamon's Recollections of Abraham Lincoln, 1847-1865 (1895; enlarged edn., 1911; 973.7L63 BLL19r) and wrote By These Things Have I Lived (1948; 808.8 T23b).
The collection consists of various letters between Teillard and the members of the Kubicek family. These letters were usually written to mark a holiday, such as Christmas or Valentine's Day. There is also correspondence between Earl Kubicek and Robert L. Kincaid, an announcement from R. Gerald McMurtry on the publication of Teillard's book, an announcement of Teillard's death by Kincaid, Teillard's obituary from the Chicago Daily Tribune, an invitation to the inauguration of Kincaid as President of Lincoln Memorial University, and a pamphlet of the history of Vandalia, Illinois.
Earl Kubicek was director of Alumni Relations and Placement at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and a collector of Lincoln related material. R. Gerald McMurtry was the Director of the department of Lincolniana at Lincoln Memorial University, and Robert L. Kincaid was the President of Lincoln Memorial University.
This collection was part of Earl Kubicek's files which were acquired by the Illinois Historical Survey, predecessor to the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections, after the University of Illinois Library received them from Chuck Hand in 1992.