David Herbert Donald: a Life Remembered 1920-2009

By Thomas F. Schwartz

My first encounter with David Herbert Donald came as a graduate student setting up the Lincoln Room at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I became intrigued with the compilation of James Jay Monaghan‘s Lincoln Bibliography, and my research quickly led me to the James Garfield Randall papers at the University Archives. I was told that David Donald was the literary executor, and that the papers required his permission before use. I wrote a letter to Professor Donald explaining my project and what I planned to use from Randall‘s archive. Much to my surprise, I received a very quick and gracious reply granting me permission to examine whatever I required.

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