Stacy McDermott vita

Stacy McDermott vita

Stacy Pratt McDermott
Assistant Editor

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL  62701-1507

Phone: (217) 785-9130       

Fax: (217) 524-6973       

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Education

Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 2007 (Dissertation: "Gentlemen of the Jury: Juror Status and the Reputation of the Jury in the Antebellum Midwest").

M.A., History, University of Illinois at Springfield, 1993 (Thesis: "A Lynching, a Woman, and a Movement: An Analysis of the Lynching of 'Froggie' James and the Involvement of Ida B. Wells and the Anti-lynching Campaign in the Struggle for Racial Justice in Illinois").

B.A., History, University of Illinois at Springfield, 1991, with Highest Honors.

A.S., Journalism, Olney (Illinois) Central College, 1986, with Honors.

 

Professional Experience

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Assistant Director and Associate Editor, 2009-present.

The Lincoln Legal Papers / The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Assistant Editor, 1999-2009.

The Lincoln Legal Papers, Research Associate, 1996-1999.

Springfield Children's Museum, Education Assistant, History Programs, 1996.

The Lincoln Legal Papers, Research Assistant, 1993-1994.

University of Illinois at Springfield, Graduate Assistant, History Program, 1991-1993.

The Lincoln Legal Papers, Intern, 1992.

 

Professional Development

Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals, Rice University, Houston, Texas, March 2001.

Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1997.

 

Publications

Books

The Jury in Lincoln's America.  Athens: Ohio University Press, 2012.

Mary Lincoln: Southern Girl, Northern Woman. New York: Routledge, 2015.

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases, 4 vols.  Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008.  (Assistant Editor)

Booklets

On Lincoln's Mind: Leading the Nation to the Gettysburg Address. Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2013 (co-editor).

On Lincoln's Side: Reelecting a Leader. Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2014 (co-editor).

Articles

“A. Lincoln, Divorce Lawyer,” Lincoln Legal Briefs 45 (Jan-March 1998).

“Abraham Lincoln, Divorce Attorney at Law,” Illinois Issues (February 1999): 32-33.

“Baseball and Ballots,” Illinois Issues (February 2012): 27-29.

Base Balls and Ballots: The National Pastime and Illinois Politics during Abraham Lincoln’s Time,” The National Pastime Museum (2013).

“‘Black Bill’ and the Privileges of Whiteness in Antebellum Illinois,” Journal of Illinois History (Spring 2009): 2-26.

“Dissolving the Bonds of Matrimony: Women and Divorce in Sangamon County, Illinois, 1837-1861,” in Daniel W. Stowell, ed., In Tender Consideration: Women, Families, and the Law in Abraham Lincoln’s Illinois (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002), 71-103.

“Houses Divided: Abraham Lincoln, Divorce Lawyer,” Illinois Times (February 13-19, 2003): 12-13.

“The Law in an Illinois Corner: The Impact of the Law on an Antebellum Family,” in Daniel W. Stowell, ed., In Tender Consideration: Women, Families, and the Law in Abraham Lincoln’s Illinois (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002), 161-81.

“Lincoln and Race,” Illinois Issues (February 2004): 2-5.

 “Love and Justice: Marital Dissolution in Antebellum Illinois,” Illinois Heritage (January-February 2003): 6-16. 

“‘An Outrageous Proceeding’: An Analysis of a Northern Lynching and the Enforcement of Anti-Lynching Legislation in Illinois,” Journal of Negro History 84 (Winter 1999): 61-78.

 “The Search for Lincoln’s Legal Papers: A Mutual Accomplishment of Archivist and Historians,” The Record 4 (May 1998): 28-29.

 “Who Freed the Slaves?” American History, ABC-CLIO, 2011.

 “Women, Business, and the Law: The Story of Henrietta Ulrich,” in Timothy P. Townsend, ed., Papers from the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Annual Lincoln Colloquia [Springfield, IL: Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 2002], 106-11.

Electronic Media

The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, ed. Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000.  (Assistant Editor)

Reviews

Review of Abraham Lincoln and White America by Brian R. Dirck, in Journal of Illinois History, 15 (Summer 2012): 130-31.

Review of Cultures in Conflict by John E. Hallwas and Roger D. Launius, in Illinois Times, 21 December 1995.

Review of Emancipation's Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest, by Leslie A. Schwalm, in Journal of Southern History 76 (August 2010):743-44.

Review of Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race, edited by Brian R. Dirck, in Annals of Iowa, 66 (Summer/Fall 2007): 324-25.

Review of Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union by Louis P. Masur, in Journal of American History, 100 (September 2013): 532.

Review of Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton: Civil War Surgeon, 1861- 1865 and Army Life of an Illinois Soldier, by Charles W. Wills, in Illinois Times, 19 December 1996.

“The Power of Historical Circumstances,” a review of Lincoln, by Richard J. Carwardine, H-CivWar, H-Net (December 2003).

Review of Visits with Lincoln: Abolitionists Meet the President in the White House by Barbara A. White, in Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 105 (Winter 2012): 390-92. 

 

Awards

Book of the Year Award, for The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases, Illinois State Historical Society (Assistant Editor), April 2009.

Award of Superior Achievement, for Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois State Historical Society (Editor), April 2009.

Joseph Ward Swain Publication Prize, Best Article by a Graduate Student, History Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2003.

Annual Book Award, for The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, Abraham Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic (Assistant Editor), March 2001.

 

Papers & Conferences

“Base Balls and Ballots: The Nation’s Pastime, Politics, and Nationalism in Illinois in the Mid-Nineteenth Century,” paper presented at Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, Illinois, October 2008.

Chair and Commentator, “Regulating Sex in 19th-Century Illinois.” Session at the Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, Illinois, October 2008.

Panelist, Women Building Illinois History/Panel Discussion, Conference on Illinois History, October 2003.

“Charles Welles in Lincoln’s Springfield.” paper presented at the Conference on Illinois History, October 2002.

“A. Lincoln, Divorce Lawyer: Family Law in Early Sangamon County and its Impact on Lincoln’s Legal Practice,” an Illinois State Historical Society public lecture, Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois, September 2002.

“‘We the Jury’: A Composite Portrait of Antebellum Illinois Jurors,” paper presented at Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, March 2002.

Chair, “Actors, Lawyers, and a Scoundrel,” Stephen A. Douglas Symposium, Decatur, Illinois, April 2001.

“A Woman in Business on the Illinois Frontier: The Story of Henrietta Ulrich,” Paper presented at the Conference on Historic Site Interpretation, Springfield, Illinois, January 2001.

“We the Jury: A Composite Portrait of Antebellum Illinois Jurors,” paper presented at the History at the Grassroots: Local History and Its Audiences Conference, Charleston, Illinois, October 2000.

Commentator, “Women in Illinois.” Session at the Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, Illinois, October 2000.

“Designing a User Interface," paper presented in session on “Historical Editing in the Electronic Age” at the Organization of American Historians annual meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, April 2000.

“A Woman in Business on the Illinois Frontier: The Story of Henrietta Ulrich,” paper presented in "Lincoln and His Legal Contemporaries,” a session at the Midwestern Outdoor Museum Council Conference, Springfield, Illinois, March 2000.

“A Woman in Business on the Illinois Frontier: The Story of Henrietta Ulrich,” paper presented in "Lincoln and His Legal Contemporaries,” a session at the Lincoln Colloquium, Springfield, Illinois, October 1999.

“A Woman in Business on the Illinois Frontier: Female Contributions to the Growth and Development of the State,” paper presented at the Stephen A. Douglas Symposium, Decatur, Illinois, April 1999.

“‘In Tender Consideration’: Women and Divorce in Sangamon County, Illinois, 1837-1860,” paper presented at the Illinois History Symposium, Springfield, Illinois, December 1997.

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