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Arlyn Austin Katims Civil War Collection

Identifier: SPC00013

Scope and Contents

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 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."


  • 1861-1992
  • Majority of material found in 1861-1865

Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are available for supervised use in the Special Collections reading room during regular hours or by appointment. Users are required to complete a registration form and to comply with regulations governing use. Research assistance may be available but please email or phone first to set up an appointment.

Photocopies or electronic copies of material in the collections may be provided within copyright limits but may not be ready immediately. In addition, selected materials are digitized and available electronically through the Digital Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). FAU Libraries adhere to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any subsequent use of a reproduction in excess of " fair use," may result in the user's liability for copyright infringement.

When using electronic copies or images, please keep in mind that copyright law applies. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright permission from the rights holder when copying material in excess of fair use. Restriction in the copying of materials may be imposed if the researcher does not have written permission from the rights holder.

Should the researcher use or reproduce special collections material when submitting or publishing his or her own writing or research, the author should credit Florida Atlantic University Libraries Special Collections. If research at FAU Special Collections results in publication, we would appreciate citation information that would allow us to reference that work to future researchers. Also, If the researcher desires to reuse material for commercial use, please contact Special Collections.


15.00 Linear Feet

17 boxes other_unmapped

Processing Information

In 2011, Jaclyn M. Nowak, Kerline Dameus, and Victoria Thur processed this collection. Annaleah Morse updated this collection in 2018.

Arlyn Austin Katims Civil War Collection SPC00013
Jaclyn M. Nowak, Kerline Dameus, and Victoria Thur
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Repository Details

Part of the Florida Atlantic University Libraries Repository

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