Film, Video What was in Lincoln's pockets?
About this Item
- What was in Lincoln's pockets?
- Contributor Names
- Evans, Clark (Curator)
- Subject Headings
- - Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
- - Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Assassination
- - Motion Pictures
- Motion Pictures
- - When Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a pocketknife, a watch fob, a linen handkerchief, a brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar Confederate note, and eight newspaper clippings, including several favorable to the president and his policies. Given to his son Robert Todd upon Lincoln's death, these everyday items, which through association with tragedy had become like relics, were kept in the Lincoln family for more than seventy years. Because it is quite unusual for the Library to keep personal artifacts among its holdings, they were not put on display until 1976 when then Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin thought their exposure would humanize a man who had become "mythologically engulfed."
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- Rare Book And Special Collections Division
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Evans, Clark. What was in Lincoln's pockets?. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/myloc16/.
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Evans, C. What was in Lincoln's pockets?. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/myloc16/.
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Evans, Clark. What was in Lincoln's pockets?. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/myloc16/>.