V.L. (“Budd”) Fairfield (1926-2009). Bloomington High School American history teacher, served as a member of the 1976 Bloomington Bicentennial Committee.  After the initial meeting on January 23, 1975, Fairfield suggested a statue of Abraham Lincoln be placed in a county or city building. The Lincoln statue dedication ceremony took place at the Law and Justice Center, on August 28, 1977.

The Lincoln Statue Bicentennial Project collection contains newspaper clippings of articles and advertisements; typed and handwritten memos and notes; copies of typed minutes of selection committee meetings; photographs; and the dedication program.  The materials date from 1975 to 1985.