Otto Eisenschiml manuscripts, 1960-1963  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Eisenschiml, Otto, 1880-1963
Otto Eisenschiml manuscripts
1960-1963 (inclusive)
1.0 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
F923 Ei84
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, Hidden Faces of the Civil War and O.E.: Historian Without an Armchair.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
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University of Oregon
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Collection is open to the public.

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

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 some 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 dies 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,]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection (1960-1963) contains manuscripts, notes, proofs and related correspondence of the books, Hidden Faces 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.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Otto Eisenschiml manuscripts, F923 Ei84, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors and publishers--Correspondence
  • Presidents--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Eisenschiml, Otto, 1880-1963
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Galley proofs
  • Manuscripts for publication