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Ruth Painter Randall papers, 1961

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Ruth Painter Randall papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arranged by accession number.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Ruth Painter Randall papers, 1961, 1M61M165, 1M61M163, 1M61M143, AAP8733LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


1.2 cubic feet


Author. Born in 1891 in Salem, Virginia, Ruth Painter graduated from Roanoke College (Va.) in 1913 and received her M.A. in English from Indiana University in 1914. In 1917 Randall married J. G. Randall, well known historian, became deeply interested in her husband's Lincoln studies and worked closely with him researching Lincoln's life and times. So interested was she in the Lincoln history and memorabilia that she too became a Lincoln scholar and biographer.

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of original typescript or manuscript copies of some of Ruth Painter Randall's popular historical writings concerning Abraham Lincoln and his family. Included are "MR. LINCOLN'S SONS" (61M165), "THE COURTSHIP OF MR. LINCOLN" (61M164), "COLONEL ELMER ELLSWORTH" (61M163), and the biography of Mary Todd Lincoln written for juveniles, "I, MARY"(61M143). A handwritten letter by Randall and a carbon copy of an autobiographical sketch are also present.


  • Randall, Ruth Painter.
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
  • Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882.
  • Ellsworth, Elmer.
  • Authors.
  • Manuscripts (for publication).
  • Typescripts

User Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.