University In Ohio Gets Lincoln Memorabilia Gift


UPDATED: Tuesday November 19, 2013 11:02 AM

Abraham Lincoln memorabilia including signed documents, photographs and rare books have been donated to Ohio's John Carroll University by an alumnus and his wife.

The university near Cleveland announced the gifts Tuesday, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

The gift includes an original photograph of Lincoln, often called the "Gettysburg Portrait" and taken Nov. 8, 1863, 11 days before he delivered the address.

The items were donated by Robert Heltzel Jr., a member of the university board of directors and retired owner and president of Kenilworth Steel, and his wife, Heidi. They also donated $1 million to establish an endowed economics professorship.

Special collections curator Charles Zarobila told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer that Heltzel began donating items from his Civil War collection several years ago.

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