Scope and Contents
The collection (1960-1963) contains manuscripts, notes, proofs and related correspondence of the books, The Hidden Face of the Civil War and O.E.: Historian Without an Armchair.
Manuscript material includes original typed manuscripts with notes, corrected page and galley proofs.
Correspondence includes publisher's correspondence.
- Eisenschiml, Otto, 1880-1963 (Person)
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Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
Otto Eisenschiml (1880-1963), was born June 16, 1880, in Vienna, Austria. Eisenschiml’s father, Alexander, was a naturalized American citizen who had been a Union officer during the American Civil War. The elder Eisenschiml returned to Vienna where his son was born in 1880.
Otto Eisenschiml was educated in Vienna and when he graduated college in 1901 he left Europe for a position in the United States. He worked as a chemist for the Carnegie Steel Company and the American Linseed Company; in 1912 he founded his own company, the Scientific Oil Compounding Company, in Chicago. Eisenschiml served as president of the company, then later as the chairman of the board. He held the latter position until he died on December 7, 1963, at the age of eighty-three.
Eisenschiml researched the American Civil War as a hobby; he was particularly interested in the circumstances surrounding Abraham Lincoln's assassination. He theorized that Lincoln's Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, was directly involved in the assassination conspiracy, a position that was controversial among other scholars. He received an honorary degree from Lincoln Memorial University (Tennessee) and a diploma from Lincoln College (Illinois) in 1960.
[Source: “Otto Eisenschiml Papers, 1936-1963,” Chronicling Illinois, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (ALPL) accessed April 25, 2013, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/199.]
1 linear feet (2 containers)
Language of Materials
Otto Eisenschiml (1880-1963) was a chemist and an American Civil War historian who published books and articles regarding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The collection (1960-1963) contains manuscripts, notes, proofs and related correspondence of the books, The Hidden Face of the Civil War and O.E.: Historian Without an Armchair.
Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.
2 manuscript boxes.
Collection processed by staff.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.
Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.
- Authors and publishers -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Chemists -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Galley proofs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Historians -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
- Manuscripts for publication Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Politics and Politicians Subject Source: Archiveswest
- United States -- Historiography Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Research Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Otto Eisenschiml Manuscripts
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- Finding aid written in English.
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).