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Selections from the Otto C. Rentner, Lincoln and Civil War Literature Collection

June 1, 2011 - December 20, 2011

curated by
Tim Murray

This exhibition celebrates the 2010 gift of the Otto C. Rentner Lincoln and Civil War Literature Collection by his granddaughter and son-in-law, Fran and David Lupardus. The 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 (1887-1964) was born in Chicago and received his law degree from the Illinois College of Law. After practicing law at Rentner and Meyer Law in Chicago, he became an assistant judge in the Circuit Court of Chicago and was active in Democratic politics. In 1946 Judge Rentner moved to Appleton, Wisconsin to join the Aid Association for Lutherans Insurance Company as general counsel, and later as 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.

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

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