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James G. Stahlman Historical Autograph Collection


James G. Stahlman Historical Autograph Collection


Stahlman, James G. (James Geddes), 1893-


Vanderbilt University Special Collections


Vanderbilt University Special Collections


Stahlman, James G. (James Geddes), 1893--Correspondence
Stahlman, James G. (James Geddes), 1893


James G. Stahlman was an avid historian and collector who over a period of years assembled a collection of over 3,000 autographs of historical, political and military figures. The collection includes signed photographs, correspondence and artifacts from across the world.







Collection Items

[Sprinter Jesse Owens at 1936 Olympic Games]
A signed photograph of Jesse Owens, 1913-1980, at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Owens would win four gold medals at these Olympics: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and the 4 x 100 meter relay. He managed to break or equal nine Olympic records and also…

[Postcard from Lynette Fromme, April 25, 1975]
As a protégé and longtime follower of Charles Manson, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme acted as spokesman for the "family” carrying the message of Manson to the media. After Manson's arrest and 1971 conviction for the Tate/LaBianca murders, Fromme continued…

[Postcard from Lynette Fromme to David Nicolaus, April 29, 1975]
In this postcard, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (1948- ) relates some news on Charles Manson and family members to potential biographer David Nicholas. She refers to fellow family members Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian being confined…

[Postcard from Lynette Fromme to David Nicholaus, February 1975]
After the conviction of Charles Manson (1934- ) for conspiring to murder seven people and the publication of Vincent Bugliosi’s book Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders, people from around the world wanted to write an official…

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme made the cover of Time for her attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford on September 5, 1975. Feminist leaders across the country reacted to the magazine’s use of the word “Girl” to describe Fromme, who was…

The Washington Star, Front Page
News of the attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford (1913-2006) broke immediately after it happened. All three of the major television news stations were filming as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (1948- ) pushed toward the president with her…

The Washington Star, Page A-4
News of the September 5, 1975, assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford’s (1913-2006) life struck a chord deep in the American psyche as it had only been twelve years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald.…

Fromme Fires Co-Counsel
The trial of Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme for attempting to assassinate United States President Gerald Ford began on November 4, 1975. Three days before the trial began, President Ford gave a videotaped testimony from the White House as a defense witness…

President Gerald Fold Assassination Attempt
This Colorano “Silk” Cachet First Day Cover memorializes the assassination attempt by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (1948- ) to shoot President Gerald Ford (1913-2006) as he crossed a park in front of the California State Capitol at Sacramento,…

[Portrait of J. Edgar Hoover]
Illustrator Paul Frehm worked with reporter Damon Runyon to cover the Lindbergh trial for the New York Daily Mirror, a William Randoph Hearst newspaper publication. Frehm’s illustration of J. Edgar Hoover, who led the Bureau of Investigation’s…
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