[MS 49] James M. and Kathryn K. Tolle

The following historical items were donated to Abilene Christian University with the stipulation that they never be sold.


  • P. T. Beauregard, 1818-1893. Confederate general. Autograph letter signed.
  • Henry Cabot Lodge, 1850-1924. U.S. senator. Letter signed.
  • Thomas Nast, 1840-1902. American illustrator. Invented donkey and elephant symbols for Democrat and Republican parties, respectively. Autograph sketch signed.
  • John D. Long, (?) Secretary of navy. Autograph letter signed.
  • Royal Academy of Music, Paris, 1820. Signed by faculty members (twice by Maria Luigi Cherubuni, 1760-1842, Italian composer.)
  • Autograph letter signed by British officer who served with Wellington in Spain and Portugal.
  • David Starr Jordan, 1851-1931. American educator and naturalist. Letter signed.
  • Thomas Francis Bayard, 1828-1898. U.S. senator and secretary of state. Autograph letter signed.
  • John Joseph Pershing, 1860-1948. American general, commander-in-chief of American Expeditionary Forces, World War I. Letter signed.
  • Vittorio Emmanuel Orlando, 1860-1952. Italian statesman and jurist; premier of Italy, 1917-1919, one of the "Big Four." Signed photo.
  • William James, 1842-1910. American psychologist and philosopher; exponent of pragmatism. Autograph letter signed.
  • Robert E. Lee, 1807-1870. Son of Henry "Lighthouse Harry" Lee. Commander-in chief of Confederate army. Photo taken as captain in U.S. army.
  • Elihu Root, 1845-1937. American lawyer and statesman; secretary of state; received Nobel Peace prize, 1912. Letter signed.
  • Michael William Balfe, 1808-1870. Irish composer and singer; best known for opera "The Bohemian Girl." Autograph letter signed.
  • Ambrose Everett Burnside, 1824-1881. U.S. general in the Civil War; U.S. senator. Autograph letter signed.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882, American poet. Letter signed. This letter is included in the Harvard University Press publication of Longfellow's letters.
  • Richard Henry Dana, 1815-1882. American lawyer and writer (Two Years Before the Mast.) Autograph letter signed. Notice reference to Longfellow.
  • Sir Walter Scott, 1777-1832. Scottish poet and novelist. Autograph letter signed.
  • Charles Camille Saint-Saens, 1835-1921. French composer ("Samson and Delilah," "La Danse macabre," etc.) Autograph musical transcript.
  • Niels Gada, 1817-1890. Greatest Danish man of music during the 19th century; composer and conductor. Autograph letter signed.
  • Ruben Goldmark, 1872-1936. Composer of symphonic poems, overtures, etc. Autograph note signed.
  • Charles Gounod, 1818-1893. French composer best known for his opera "Faust." Autograph letter signed.
  • Rene Antoine Ferchalt Reaumur, 1683-1757. French Physicist and inventor; pioneer work in development of the thermometer. Autograph letter signed.
  • William L. Marcy, 1786-1857. Secretary of war and secretary of state. Autograph letter signed.
  • U. S. Grant, 1822-1885. U.S. general and president. Signed cabinet photo.
  • French manuscript on parchment, 1559.
  • Jack Dempsey, (?). Pugilist. Signed photo.
  • Gerrit Smith, 1779-1894. U.S. congressman; philantropist; aided John Brown and knew something of his plans against Harpers Ferry. Photo.
  • Edward Bates, 1793-1869. American lawyer; attorney general in Lincoln's cabinet, 1861-1864. Photo.
  • John Van Buren, (?). Son of President Martin Van Buren. Photo.
  • A. G. Noel Byron (?). Lord Byron kinsman. Son? Autograph letter signed.
  • Sabine Baring-Gould (?). Engilish author; wrote "Onward Christian Soldiers." Signed photo.
  • Robert Peary, 1886-1920. Discoverer of north pole. Signed photo.
  • William II, Frederich Wilhelm Viktor Albert, "Kaiser Bill," 1859-1941.
  • John Philip Sousa, 1854-1932. The March King. Signed photo.
All items are in locked file cabinet.

Thanks to a donation from an alumnus, the Special Collections at ACU's Center for Restoration Studies now houses two Ethiopian religious texts dating back to the turn of the 19th century.
 

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