Library Announces "Selections from the Otto C. Rentner, Lincoln and Civil War Literature Collection" Exhibition

Abe Lincoln

      William E. Wilson, Abe Lincoln of Pigeon       Creek. New York: Whittlesey House, 1949.       This novel is a fictionalized account of       Abraham Lincoln in his youth.

June 29, 2011----The University of Delaware Library announces a new exhibition entitled “Selections from the Otto C. Rentner, Lincoln and Civil War Literature Collection” which will be on view in the Lincoln Exhibit Case adjacent to the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery through Tuesday, December 20, 2011. This exhibition will be held in conjunction with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War of the United States.

The Otto C. Rentner collection contains a variety of books, journals and ephemera focusing on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. The collection is particularly strong for books published in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Otto C. Rentner was born on September 17, 1887, in Chicago, Illinois. He received his law degree from the Illinois College of Law (now Kent Law School). After law school he practiced law at Rentner and Meyer Law Firm in Chicago. He became an assistant judge in the Circuit Court of Chicago and  was very active in Democratic politics. In 1946 he moved to Appleton, Wisconsin to join the Aid Association for Lutherans Insurance Company as general counsel, then vice president, president and chairman of the board. He was a Lincoln and Civil War scholar for most of his adult life and was a member of the Lincoln Society of Illinois. Otto C. Rentner died June 29, 1964.

The granddaughter of the late Otto C. Rentner, Fran Lupardus, inherited the collection. She and her husband, David Lupardus, gave the collection to the University of Delaware Library in accordance with her grandfather’s wishes that the collection be given to an appropriate institution.

Bruce Catton

      Bruce Catton, A Stillness at Appomattox.       Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1953.       This is the first edition of the author’s       Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award       winning account of the final year of the
      Civil War.

The exhibition can be viewed during the regular hours of the Morris Library. The curator of the exhibition is Timothy Murray, head of the Special Collections Department in the University of Delaware Library.










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