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This collection is part of the Lincoln Group of Boston Collection.
The Arthur Lloyd Hayden Scrapbook Collection primarily consists of newspaper and magazine clippings pertaining to Lincoln from the late 1940s until the early 1960s. While some of these articles give a historical overview of Lincoln’s life and presidency, many depict him as a figure of mid-1900s popular culture, a strength of the collection. The collection also consists of contemporary book reviews, pamphlets, brochures, and prints all related to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Some scrapbooks contain letters of correspondence both to and from Hayden about his collection, or about Lincoln himself. Among these letters are a short series of correspondence between Hayden and the son and granddaughter of Civil War General O.O. Howard. Additionally, there is a Boston Music Hall program from January 1, 1863 in honor of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a recipe for Lincoln’s favorite cake. Other themes include: Lincoln’s assassination and death, the Civil War, Lincoln and religion, Lincoln statues and memorials, images of Lincoln, Lincoln represented in plays and films, reviews and publications of Lincoln scholars, etc.
This collection is just one part of Hayden’s donated material. His collection of books, pamphlets, and Civil War periodicals make up a portion of the Maxwell Library’s Lincoln Book Collection, Lincoln Pamphlet Collection, and Lincoln Periodical Collection. In addition to these Lincoln related materials Hayden also donated two scrapbooks about Queen Elizabeth II and one large scrapbook about President Eisenhower that are included in his scrapbook collection. Many of the items in these collections contain Hayden’s personal bookplate depicting an image of Abraham Lincoln.
When these scrapbooks were first donated they were evaluated by Sylvia Larson who created a table of contents for each scrapbook. She also created an index of subject headings which lists the volume and page number of all the topics and people represented in the scrapbook collection.
Related collections include: The Arthur Lloyd Hayden Papers; the Lincoln Group of Boston Collection; the Richard F. Lufkin Collection; the Rev. Joseph L. McCorison Jr. Papers; the Judge Elwin Page Papers; and the Kenneth Bernard Papers.