TITLE: Lincoln Symposium: John R. Sellers
SPEAKER: John R. Sellers
EVENT DATE: 2002/03/16
RUNNING TIME: 44 minutes
John R. Sellers speaks on "Lincoln's Washington: A Divided City" at the Abraham Lincoln Institute Fifth Annual Symposium (2002). He is introduced by Charles Hubbard.
Speaker Biography: Dr. John R. Sellers is the Historical Specialist on the American Civil War and the Lincoln Curator at the Library of Congress. Dr. Sellers began his career at the Library in June 1969, working first with the locating and identifying manuscript sources in the Library on the American Revolution, and since 1982, the American Civil War. He has written and spoken widely on both 18th and 19th century military history, and he has served as curator on several major historical exhibitions, most notably, the history of the United States Constitution, the U. S. Congress, and the political geography of the U. S. Congress. His exhibit on the U.S. Constitution was reproduced in facsimile for the United States Supreme Court following the viewing at the Library of Congress. His publications include The Virginia Continental Line (Virginia Bicentennial Commission, 1975) "The Common Soldier in the American Revolution," (United States Air Force Academy, 1976), Manuscript Sources in the Library of Congress for Research on the American Revolution (GPO, 1975), Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789 (GPO, 1981), and "Northern Soldiers Meet the Freedman" (University of Maine, 1993). Dr. Sellers is best known among Civil War enthusiasts for his award winning resource guide: Civil War Manuscripts: A Guide to Collections in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress (GPO, 1986). Publications in progress are "Lincoln's Washington: the Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft," and "John G. Nicolay." Dr. Sellers is currently working on a book on Washington during the Lincoln Administration.