Pickler Memorial Library



Schwengel Lincoln Collection

Lincoln Collection


Iowa Congressman and Mrs. Fred Schwengel began giving his life-long collection of Lincolniana to their alma mater in 1976. Primarily books and art, the collection also contains pamphlets, periodicals, newspaper clippings and ephemera about Abraham Lincoln and, and because it is inseparable from him, the Civil War. During his eight terms as a member of the US House of Representatives, Mr. Schwengel organized the US Capitol Historical Society and served as its first president, so there are some publications in the collection on the Capitol as well as a piece of original art by US Capitol artist Allyn Cox.