WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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In addition, the collection contains many books, manuscripts, and articles pertaining to the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, including speeches and letters, an invitation to his inaugural ball, biographies, and numerous books, including The Women Lincoln Loved by William E. Barton. The volume offers an in- teresting insight into Lincoln's personality and private life through narratives by female neighbors and childhood friends. The high- light of the Lincoln entries, perhaps, is the first replica of the original bronze life mask of President Lincoln, cast from the original mask made by Leonard Wells Volk in 1860, in Chicago. The mask, considered the most accurate likeness of Abraham Lincoln avail- able, contrasts a death mask made following a person's death. Another item of great import in the Elbert Collection is a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in Boston by J.P. Jewett in 1852, the story provides a glimpse into the life of a slave. Although steeped in deep stereo- types of black people, the best-selling 19th century novel was intentionally and effec- tively used as an anti-slavery tool. The collec- tion also holds Autographs for Freedom by Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe and 35 Other Eminent Writers, 1853. The preface of the English edition states: Life Mask, President Abraham Lincoln, Bronze. C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y C O L L E G E L I B R A R Y , S P E C I A L C O L L E C T I O N S , E L L A S M I T H E L B E R T C O L L E C T I O N 110 Making History Come Alive W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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