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John George Nicolay Civil War Papers. The papers of John George Nicolay (1831-1901) span the years 1811 to 1943, with the bulk of the material concentrated in the period 1860 to 1901. The collection reflects Nicolayís long political career, particularly his tenure as private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, and documents his numerous literary activities. There is also a limited amount of material relating to the literary activities of his daughter, Helen Nicolay. The collection is composed mainly of correspondence and research material, supplemented by notebooks, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous material and is organized in seven series: Notebooks and Bound Correspondence , General Correspondence , Helen Nicolay General Correspondence , Transcripts , Research File , Miscellany , and Oversize . The Notebooks and Bound Correspondence series is relatively brief and incomplete, but the General Correspondence series contains a wealth of material pertaining to Nicolayís public and private activities. The correspondence is especially valuable, though not voluminous, during the years he served as Lincolnís private secretary.

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