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History of the City of Cairo, Illinois manuscript


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History of the City of Cairo, Illinois manuscript, 1718-1910 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Title: History of the City of Cairo, Illinois manuscript, 1718-1910Add to your cart.

ID: 1/6/MSS 286

Primary Creator: Lansden, John M. (1836-1923)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in three boxes: 1) Photographs and other visual materials, 2) Documents and correspondence, 3) Excerpts, drafts and galley proofs.

Date Acquired: 04/24/2009

Subjects: Cairo (Ill.), Cairo (Ill.) - Politics and government, Lansden, John M., 1836-1923

Forms of Material: Cairo (Ill.) - Photographs, Correspondence., Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Records (documents)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of  much of the research material used in the writing of the book "A History of the City of Cairo, Illinois" by John M. Lansden as well as the galley proofs and a copy of the actual manuscript. The research materials include copies of important Cairo documents and correspondence.

Biographical Note

John M. Lansden, of Cairo, Illinois, was born in Sangamon county, February 12, 1836, and spent his youth working on his father’s farm fifteen miles southwest of Springfield. He attended the village school and in September, 1858, entered the freshman class of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. Owing to the disturbed condition of the country following the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency, he left Lebanon in January, 1861, five months before graduation, and entered the senior class of Illinois College at Jacksonville, and graduated in June of that year. He taught school for two or three years, and then entered the law school at Albany, New York, where he graduated in the latter part of May, 1865. He obtained his license and began the practice of the law in the same year. He became a resident of Cairo in 1866. He was a member of various law firms during the many years of his practice, and was elected city attorney in 1870, and mayor in 1871 and 1872. In 1910 his book A History of the City of Cairo, was published by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, of Chicago. He died in Cairo in 1923.

Subject/Index Terms

Cairo (Ill.)
Cairo (Ill.) - Politics and government
Lansden, John M., 1836-1923

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: University Museum

Acquisition Method: Special collections received this collection via a transfer from the Southern Illinois University Museum along with three other collections.

Preferred Citation: [Item], History of the City of Cairo, Illinois manuscript, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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