FILE - This June 14, 2007 file photo shows, Abraham Lincoln's bloodstained gloves he carried on the night of his death at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. Historians say that the 2007 acquisition of 1,500 documents and artifacts for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum firmly established Illinois as a leading repository of all things Lincoln. So forgive the handwringing over the possibility that some of it might have to be sold. The Lincoln museum's fundraising foundation, which borrowed $23 million in 2007 to buy the trove from private collector Louise Taper, still owes $9.2 million on a note due in October 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)

Selling expendable Lincoln-collection items won't erase debt

December 22, 2018 - 10:17 am

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation owes more than $9 million for a collection of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln and says it might have to sell some of it to erase the debt.

An Associated Press review of the collection shows a bevy of items only tangentially related to the 16th president.

They include theater playbills from the father of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth; an 1874 invitation to the wedding of the daughter of President Ulysses Grant; a 1928 memo to the wife of the law partner of Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln.

New Jersey-based appraiser Brian Kathenes (kuh-THEH'-niss) says such items wouldn't command the price that Lincoln's presidential seal or documents in Lincoln's hand would.

The museum foundation wants Illinois to provide funds to keep the collection intact.

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