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Collecting Lincoln: The making of a national treasure

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/nation/article/collecting_lincoln_the_making_of_a_national_treasure_20110215

On Presidents Day, while remembering Washington and Lincoln, perhaps take a minute as well for Stern. Little known outside of bibliophiles and Civil War buffs, one of the greatest private collectors of works about Abraham Lincoln was a Jewish clothing manufacturer executive from Chicago named Alfred Whital Stern. About three score and one year ago, in 1950, a world of time before shows such as “Antique Road Show” brought collecting to the public’s attention, and films such as “National Treasure,” put Americana in vogue, Stern donated his world-class collection of rare Lincoln books, papers and memorabilia to the Library of Congress.

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