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Pratt, Harry E. Papers


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Collection Overview

Title: Pratt, Harry E. Papers, 1840-1965

Primary Creator: Pratt, Harry

Extent: 3.0 boxes. More info below.

Subjects: Abraham Lincoln Association (Springfield, Ill.), Angle, Paul M. (Paul McClelland), 1900-1975, Blackburn College, Courts, Davis, David, 1815-1886, Donald, David Herbert, 1920-2009, Henry County--Cambridge (Ill.), Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, Lincoln family, Lincoln University (Pa.), Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967, Stanton, Edwin M. (Edwin McMasters), 1814-1869, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Forms of Material: Copies, Professional papers

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the papers of Harry E. Pratt including publications, research notes, typescripts, and other materials.

Harry E. Pratt (1901-1956) was born and raised in Cambridge, Illinois. In 1923, he graduated from the University of Illinois, where a course under James G. Randall stimulated his interest in American history. He taught history in secondary schools in Ohio and Wyoming, and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees by returning to Illinois in the summers.

For his dissertation under Randall in 1930, Pratt wrote on David Davis, Lincoln's friend. He then served as dean at Blackburn College and taught history at Illinois Wesleyan University. Pratt then became fully immersed in the Lincoln field, first as executive secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Association from 1936 to 1943, and then as Illinois State Historian from 1950 until his death in 1956.

The collection includes copies of a number of Pratt's writings and an array of his incoming correspondence, mainly on Lincoln matters. It also includes a sampling of the books about Lincoln which Pratt annotated and into which he pasted original manuscripts that date from Lincoln's day. There are also a few loose documents of that time. Finally, the collection contains typescripts of David Davis manuscripts, many files of Pratt's research notes, and dozens of Lincoln-related articles, booklets, programs, and clippings which Pratt saved. Similar material is preserved in the Pratt collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

In 1950, after Pratt's first wife died, he married Marion Dolores Bonzi. The University of Illinois received the Pratt collection when she died in 1963.

Subject/Index Terms

Abraham Lincoln Association (Springfield, Ill.)
Angle, Paul M. (Paul McClelland), 1900-1975
Blackburn College
Davis, David, 1815-1886
Donald, David Herbert, 1920-2009
Henry County--Cambridge (Ill.)
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Lincoln family
Lincoln University (Pa.)
Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967
Stanton, Edwin M. (Edwin McMasters), 1814-1869
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Administrative Information

Repository: Illinois History and Lincoln Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: and 18 volumes on shelf

Related Materials: Tanner, Terence A. Collection For more information please see http://www.library.illinois.edu/ihx/archon/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=830.

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