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Eugene G. Boss Collection of Lincolniana

Identifier: GTM-560901

Scope and Contents

The Eugene G. Boss Collection of Lincolniana contains ephemera about Abraham Lincoln. The collection includes engravings, prints, letters, photographs, objects, newspaper clippings, and books. The documents focus on Lincoln's political career. Some original letters signed by Lincoln were transferred to the Presidential Autographs collection, a separate manuscripts collection.


  • 1787 - 1956
  • Majority of material found within 1840 - 1900

Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Biographical Note

Eugene G. Boss was a collector of documents related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. According to the 1940 census, Boss was born around 1899. Boss received three degrees from Georgetown University: a B.S.M. in 1921, an M.D. in 1923, and an M.S. in 1932. He completed his internship at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut and Boston City Hospital. Boss worked for a long time as a medical doctor in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was certified by the American Board of Opthamology and was a member of the American College of Surgeons. Boss won the Distinguished Service Award from Springfield Hospital Medical Center honoring his forty years of service. In addition, he was awarded the 175th Medal of Honor from Georgetown University. He was married to Mrs. Joanna Boss. Eugene G. Boss' son, Eugene G. Boss, Jr., received an M.D. from Georgetown University in 1949. Eugene Jr.'s wife Susan received a degree in Nursing from Georgetown University in 1950.

[Sources: curatorial file. Georgetown University Archives reference file entitled: "Eugene Boss"].


3.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Custodial History

Gift of Eugene G. Boss, 1956 September

Eugene G. Boss Collection of Lincolniana
Booth Family Center for Special Collections Georgetown University Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
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