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The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy

an Exhibition

February 4, 2008 – December 22, 2008

curated by Timothy Murray



The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the attempt on the life of Secretary of State William H. Seward, the activities of the conspirators, and the investigation and trials which followed are among the most heavily documented events in history. The Lincoln Collection houses a wealth of material on all of these topics.

Devere, Paul.


The flight of J. Wilkes Booth. New York: [s.n.], [19––?]


The assassin of President Lincoln: John Wilkes Booth. [S.l.: s.n.], 1865.

This unique hand–made pamphlet consists of a newspaper account of the life of John Wilkes booth pasted into a paper cover.


Assassination and death of Abraham Lincoln: a contemporaneous account of a national tragedy, as published in The daily morning chronicle, [15 April 1865]. Washington, D.C.; with an introduction by F. Ray Risdon. Gardena, Calif.: Spanish American Institute Press, 1925.

This pamphlet reprints one of the first newspaper accounts of the assassination along with an editorial published in the same edition. The newspaper, which was issued early Saturday morning, April 15, 1865, provides a thrilling narrative of the previous day’s events.

Townsend, George Alfred, 1841–1914.


The life, crime, and capture of John Wilkes Booth: with a full sketch of the conspiracy of which he was the leader, and the pursuit, trial and execution of his accomplices. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, [1865].

Delaware native George Alfred Townsend became one of the most celebrated Civil War journalists and his account of the assassination and the events that followed is one of the most important contemporary accounts.


The assassination and history of the conspiracy: a complete digest of the whole affair from its inception to its culmination, sketches of the principal characters, reports of the obsequies, etc. Cincinnati: J.R. Hawley & Co., 1865.

This publication was one of the first detailed accounts of the events surrounding the assassination of President Lincoln to appear.

Abott, Abott A.


The assassination and death of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, at Washington, on the 14th of April, 1865. New York: American News Company, [1865].

This hastily–prepared, mass–produced pamphlet was rushed to publication within hours of the assassination. The author, in fact, announces the death of Secretary William H. Seward, though Seward survived his attack and lived until 1872. Although it was distributed widely, it remains quite scarce today with less than twenty known copies extant.






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