Louise Taper

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Louise Taper is a historian and collector of Abraham Lincoln artifacts.[1] She is the daughter-in-law of Mark Taper.[2]

She created the exhibition The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America which was at the Huntington Library from 1993–1994 and at the Chicago Historical Society from 1996-1997. She also served as an historical consultant for the television mini-series Sandburg’s Lincoln. She is co-author of the book Right or Wrong, God Judge Me: The Writings of John Wilkes Booth, published by the University of Illinois Press. She serves on the boards of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation, the Lincoln Forum, the Lincoln Legal Papers, Center Theatre Group and the Lincoln Prize at Gettysburg College. She is also a trustee of Lincoln College.[3]

She created the Taper collection,[4] which was purchased by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for what is estimated at $20M.[1]


Louise Taper was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2009 as a Bicentennial Laureate.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Private Abraham Lincoln collection goes public". MSNBC. June 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-18. All three items are part of an immense private collection put together by a Lincoln fan over 35 years. Now the collection is about to go public after being purchased for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The collection contains hundreds of letters and documents, but its strength is the array of personal, everyday items related to the 16th president, his wife and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
  2. ^ Beale, Lauren (2011-09-28). "Louise Taper's Beverly Park home collects $13.8 million in sale". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  3. ^ "Meet the Commission: Louise Taper". Archived from the original on 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2007-02-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Basbanes, Nicholas A., A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books, Henry Holt, New York, 1995, pp. 426-432.
  5. ^ "Laureates by Year - The Lincoln Academy of Illinois". The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Retrieved 2016-03-07.