Arlyn Austin Katims
Civil War Collection
Collection Finding Aid
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.
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
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."