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Raymond Hart Massey Collection
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"Abe Lincoln in Illinois" Playbill.

The Playwrights Producing Company commissioned Norman Rockwell to draw Raymond Massey as the young Abraham Lincoln. This illustration was used for movie posters and appeared in magazines as advertisements.

"The Ninth College Ghost Story" by Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies began writing ghost stories when in joined the University of Toronto’s Massey College. Each year he wrote a ghost story and read it at the College’s Gaudy Night, the annual Christmas Party. In 2002, this story was published in "High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories".

Abraham Lincoln.

Series consist of a collection of Abraham Lincoln material that Raymond Massey accumulated over his career for his best known performance of “Abe Lincoln in Illinois”. Material includes sketches of Raymond Massey portrayal of Abraham Lincoln for the stage play “Abe Lincoln in Illinois”, letter from playwright Robert Sherwood, photographs of Abraham Lincoln, republican national electoral ticket from Lincoln’s time, newspaper clippings of Lincoln’s assassination), and a framed playbill of Ford’s theatre on the night of Lincoln’s assassination.


Series consist of correspondence and greeting cards from friends and business associates, and one story written by Robertson Davies, Canadian writer, journalist and professor.

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln reproduction. Message reads “A copy of the photograph made by Alexander Gardner in Washington on the 9. 1865 in his studio. The only print from the broken negative is in the collection of F.H. Heserne, New York. To Mr. Raymond Massey with regards [F.H. Neserve] June 8, 1939".


Series consists of TV Guide Award nominee silver-plated bowls for Massey’s performance in “Tyger, Tyger” and “Dr. Kildare” and newspaper clippings highlighting Massey’s career.

Raymond Hart Massey Collection

  • CA ON00416 AC06
  • Collection
  • [1861, 1865], 1910s, 1932, 1938-1940 1953-1955, 1963-1964, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1981-1985

Collection consists of material pertaining to Raymond’s portrayal of Abraham Lincoln on stage and film and includes photographs of Abraham Lincoln, sketches of Raymond as Lincoln, framed playbill on the night of Lincoln’s assassination, framed republican national ticket for president Lincoln, TV Guide awards for Raymond’s performance in "Tyger, Tyger" and "Dr. Kildare", and correspondence.

Massey, Raymond Hart

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