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Bright Professor & Chair of History
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Many history courses make use of the rare print and manuscript materials housed in Knox's Special Collections and Archives. There, the Finley Collection maintains every important primary source on the American Midwest printed since 1820. The Strong Collection of 18th- and 19th-century maps and photographs is also held there, as is the Ray Smith Collection on the Civil War, among others.
The Lincoln Studies Center, headquartered at Knox, sponsors several lectures a year by Lincoln experts—recent speakers have included Michael Burlingame and Cullom Davis. Two nationally renowned Lincoln scholars, Rodney Davis and Douglas Wilson, direct a number of Lincoln-related research projects at the Center. Their work has been featured in news articles and on television programs on PBS and the History Channel.