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  • Arthur Wines Collection

The Arthur Wines Collection is named for Arthur Frederick Wines, the third of eight children born to Frederick H. Wines and Mary Frances Hackney Wines. Frederick and Mary Frances Wines moved to Springfield, Illinois, in between 1865 and 1870. Frederick and his family temporarily moved to Washington, D. C. when he served as Assistant Director of the 1900 United States Census.

Arthur Wines grew up in Springfield, Illinois, and was engaged to Eliza Condell when he was appointed as a special agent for the U.S. Census in Alaska in 1899. Shortly after his return, his father committed him to St. Elizabeth’s Asylum in Washington, D.C., where he strangled himself on December 2, 1899. 

The finding aid for the Frederick H. Wines Papers, 1861, 1871-1910 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum which contains correspondence from Arthur Wines may be found at

Additional photographs of Arthur Wines may be found in the Condell Family Collection on Chronicling Illinois. The Condell Family Collection may be found at

Photographs in this collection include several images of the Wines Family members including Frederick and Mary Frances Wines, the parents of Arthur Wines; James and Mary Catherine Creighton, the parents-in-law of William St. John Wines; and Frederick H. Little, the donor of the collection and grandson of Frederick H. Wines.

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