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Arlyn Austin Katims Civil War Collection

Katims Collection Finding Aid

The Arlyn Austin Katims Civil War Collection focuses upon the Civil War from the Union position. Within the collection are illustrations, currency, and a number of artifacts from the era. Items of special interest include an authentic mourning card from Abraham Lincoln’s funeral and newspapers reporting Lincoln’s death.  

In 1995, Dr. Robert B. Katims donated more than 345 books, 337 periodical issues, and 304 artifacts to FAU Special Collections upon the death of his wife, Arlyn Austin Katims. Included among these items are historical letters and documents, a tintype of a Union soldier, hand-colored illustrations from contemporaneous journals, and soldiers’ accessories – a musket belt, veterans’ cane and medic’s cap.

Arlyn Austin Katims, Civil War enthusiast, lecturer and re-enactor, was president of the South Florida Civil War Roundtable, and director of the Lincoln Society of South Florida. She was also involved with several national organizations dedicated to battlefield and historical artifact preservation, including the Civil War Society and the Blue and Gray Society. Mrs. Katims was an important contributor in the field of learning disabilities, and helped found the Early Childhood Development Center of the Department of Pediatrics at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Deeply patriotic, her primary interest was Abraham Lincoln who exemplified “integrity … the rise from humble beginnings and adversity, the ability to overcome not only family tragedies … and he was able to preserve the Union."

   

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