Claude E. Simmonds was an renowned collector of Lincolniana. Born in 1885, Simmonds was active in the Lincoln Group in Boston from the 1940s-1960s. In 1962, Simmonds was a founding officer in the Freer-Low Family Association in New Paltz, New York. Simmonds later donated his collection to the Freer-Low Family Association. Chief Justice Frank J. Williams acquired the collection in 1992.
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