Jefferson Davis letters up for auction

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A Jefferson Davis scholar at Rice University in Texas knew immediately that the letters she saw on an auction house Web site belonged to Transylvania University.

Lynda Crist, editor of The Papers of Jefferson Davis, said in a phone interview that her office had microfilmed the documents, worth more than $15,000, and included them in one of the volumes.

She notified Transy officials, who contacted Lexington police, according to the affidavit.

Eugene C. Zollman, 70, of LaPorte, Ind., who was charged May 19 with stealing the materials in 1994, was an enthusiast who delved into volumes of books and researched pages of documents to make his impersonations of the Confederate president more authentic.

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