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Indiana History mss., 1725-1973

Papers relating to Indiana history at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Amanda Harlan.

Summary Information

Repository:
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Title:
Indiana History mss.,1725-1973

Collection No.
LMC 1544

Extent:
594 items

Materials are in English.

Abstract:
Consists of individual items acquired separately either as a gift, purchase, transfer, or removal from a variety of sources, relating to Indiana. Additions continue to be made.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Information
Received from numerous sources at various times. Accession information is given for the majority of entries. The most recent addition was made in 1997.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Indiana History mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Scope and Content Note

This collection covers the history of Indiana from 1725-1973. It consists of correspondence, diaries, minutes, financial records, memoirs, articles about specific areas of the state, and legal documents.

Arrangement/Organization

Arranged chronologically. Undated items are arranged alphabetically at the end of the series.


Series: Indiana History

Arranged chronologically at the item level, undated items are further arranged alphabetically.


1725, Mar. 31-1763, Jan. 25 -  [Documents relating to the French period in Indiana preserved in the Chicago Historical Society].

8 Autograph Document Signed, 9 items, 12 p. 12-36 cm. photostats.

  • Contents:
  • [1] Reçu de Pierre Bourdon en faveur de François stats Bibeau et Antoine Robert: signé aussi par Claude Robillard, mars 31, 1725. 1 p.;
  • [2] Association, à Détroit, entre D’Ainault, commandant au fort St. Philippe des miamis et Pierre Roy, devaut M. de Boishébert, juin 3, 1732. 4 p.;
  • [3] Procuration de Chs-Frs de Mézière en faveur de son épouse Suzanne Nolan, Signée aux Ouantanons, mars 26, 1734. 1 p.;
  • [4] Engagment de Joseph Jérôme, de Laprairie, à Chs-François de La Pérade, commandant au poste des Miamis, pour conduire un canot de merchandises de Montréal à Détroit, mai 23, 1738. 1 p.;
  • [5] Transport, à Montréal, du permis de traite de Louis Godefroy de … [Normanville], commandant aux Ouantanons, à François Augé et Pierre Bissonnet, marchands de Montréal, juin 4, 1738. 1 p.;
  • [6] Reçu d’Etienne Dumont, commandant aux Miamis, en faveur de M. Levine, Montréal, mai 26, 1749. 1 p.;
  • [7] Billet de concession par St. Ange à Baptiste Racine, au poste de Vincennes, janv. 25, 1763. 1 p.
  • Titles in contents taken from Honorius Provost's "inventiare des documents concernant l'historie du Canada conserves aux archives de Chicago – II – Société historique de Chicago.” Revue d’historie de l’Amérique française, IV; 591-600, March 1951. English translation of no. [5] printed in Frances Krauskopf, trans. And ed. "Quiatanon Documents" in Indiana Historical Society Publications, XVIII, No. 2, Indianapolis, 1955, pp.184-185.

Gift. 9 items.


1764, May 18 -   St. Ange de Bellerive, Louis, 1701-1774, soldier. Farewell proclamation May 18 at Vincennes, Indiana.

Photostat of Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 34 cm.

  • In French with interlinear English translation. Printed in Jacob Piatt Dunn’s "Documents Relating to the French Settlements of the Wabash," Indiana Historical Society Publications, II, No. 11, Indianapolis, 1894, pp. 407-408.

Original in the possession of Mrs. Theodore Vonnegut, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1933.


1790, July 7 -   Gamelin, Pierre, fl. 1790. Warrant for the arrest of John Ellis of Knox County, Indiana, the case to be tried Jan. 5, 1791, at Post Vincennes, on a plea of trespass against Robert Johnston. Issued by Pierre Gamelin, esquire.

Autograph Document 1 p. 15 cm.

  • Typescript included.
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Gift. 1946-1947


1792, Sept. 3 -   Sargent, Winthrop, 1753-1820, secretary of the Northwest Territory. Cincinnati, Ohio. Commission appointing Paul Gamelin of Vincennes, Ind. to be treasurer of Knox County, Ind.

Document Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

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Gift. 1946-1947


1794, Sept. 3 -   Inventory of goods left at Anderson's Creek.

4 p. 32.5 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1795, May 5 -   Baird, Samuel, fl. 1795, Knox County, Indiana. To Nelson County, Kentucky to take the deposition of William Briggs, witness in a suit of trespass and ejectment, pending in the Knox County Court of Commons Pleas, between Henry Pea, plaintiff and Anne Sturgerts, defendant.

Document Signed 1 p. 20 x 32 cm.

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Gift. 1946-1947


1801, Aug. 28 -   Vigo, Francis, 1747-1836, soldier, merchant. Bond as administrator of the Aug. 28 estate of Amable Garguipee.

Document Signed 2 p. 30 cm. photostat. folio.

  • Signed by John Rice Jones as surety and by Samuel McKee and Marston G. Clark as witnesses.
  • Photostat of original donated to Indiana State Library by Guy M. Walker, 1917.
  • Accompanied by a typewritten discussion of the above bond by Guy M. Walker. 3 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1952


1806, Dec. 6-1885, June 1 -   Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana, Minutes and proceedings, Dec. 6, 1806-Apr. 24, 1824; Nov. 4, 1828-Aug. 23, 1836; June 11, 1838-June 1, 1885.

Autograph & Typed Document, 6 items, 4 v. 28-29 cm.

  • 1806 – Apr., 1867 are negative Photostats from the originals in the possession of Vincennes University; May, 1867 – June, 1885 are typescripts from the originals in the same place.
  • Contents:
  • v. 1, Dec. 6, 1806-Aug. 2, 1811;
  • v. 2, Apr. 13, 1811-Apr. 24, 1824; Oct. 3, 1828-Aug. 23, 1836;
  • v. 3, June 11, 1838-Apr. 1, 1867;
  • v. 4, May 6, 1867-June 15, 1885.
  • Parts published:
  • - Dec. 6, 1806-Sept. 12, 1807;
  • - Oct. 16, 1807-Dec. 11, 1811;
  • - Apr. 6, 1812-Apr. 24, 1824;
  • - Oct. 3, 1828-July 4, 1842;
  • - Feb. 5, 1843-July 3, 1849,
  • ed. by Robert Constantine.
  • Indiana Magazine of History:
  • L1V: 313-364, Dec., 1958;
  • LV: 247-293, Sept., 1959;
  • LV11: 311-367, Dec. 1961;
  • L1X: 323-387, Dec. 1963;
  • LX: 159-198, June 1964.

Purchased. 1930-1931


1807, Oct. 18 -   Vigo, Francis, 1747-1836, soldier, merchant. Vincennes, Ind. To the editor, of the ______. Refers to Aaron Burr's conspiracy and the treachery of George Morgan.

Typed Document 2 p. 33 cm. copy.

  • Appears to be incomplete. Lacks signature, and "subjoined letters and certificates" mentioned in last sentence.

Gift. 1952


1808, Jan. 18-1819 -   Trueblood, Josiah, 1796-1878?, farmer. Arithmetic sum-book.

Autograph Document Signed [141] p. 31 cm.

  • According to typed "Background of the book" laid in this arithmetic sum-book Josiah Trueblood emigrated to Orange County, Indiana, from North Carolina some time around 1812.

Gift. 1953


1811, Dec. 4 -   Badollet, John, 1758-1837, land commissioner. Vincennes, Indiana. To Jonathan Jennings, Delegate for the Indiana Territory in Congress. Reports on the Indian situation before and during the Battle of Tippecanoe: “Notwithstanding the repeated entreaties of the Prophet and his band for peace, Our Western Alexander pushed on to their town …. Till then the Indians had not committed one act of hostility…”

Autograph Letter Signed [2] p. 25 cm.

  • Written above body of letter, in same hand: "Copy of a Letter addressed to Jonathan Jennings Esq. Delegate…"
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Purchase. 1994


1812, Sept.-1813, Mar. -   Prices current at Vincennes, Indiana territory from Sept. 1812 to Mar. 1813.

Document 2 p. 33 cm.

  • Prices of alcoholic beverages, food and drugs. Statement that prices as given are correct, sign by Charles Smith, Will Jones and Toussaint Dubois, Jr. in the presence of George R. C. Sullivan. Statement of the increase of prices of medicine in Lexington, Ky. "owing to the great quantity purchased by the United States agents, for the N.W. army under Genl. Harrison, "signed by George R.C. Sullivan. Character testimonial for the merchants, Charles, Smith, Will Jones & Toussaint Dubois, jr., signed by Benjamin Parke, Jan. 26, 1815.
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Gift. 1946-1947


1813, June 26 -   Lane, Daniel, and Dunning, Mark, of Knox County, Indiana territory. Liquor license bond by which they are "bound into Thomas Posey Esquire Governor of … Indiana Territory."

Document Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

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Gift. Transferred from Indiana University Main Library, Bloominton, Indiana. 1941


1814, Oct. 9 -   Gamelin, Francois, Detroit, Michigan To Monsieur Dericherville, his nephew and guardian of the children of his brother, Paul Gamelin, Vincennes, Ind. Deals with the estate of Francois Gamelin’s father and his poverty.

Letter Signed 3 p. 32 cm.

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Source and date unknown.


1815, Mar. 4 -   Knox County, Ind. Bill of Elihu Stout to Knox County, Ind. for $5.50 for advertising.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 11 cm.

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Gift. 1946-1947


1815, Mar. 15 -   Knox County, Ind. Court of Claims. Instructing the treasurer of Knox County to pay to Samuel Lane the sum of $32.89.

Document Signed 1 p. 11 cm.

  • Printed form numbered 1.
  • Signed by D. Sullivan, R. Buntin, and J. W. McCall.
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Gift. 1946-1947


1815 -   Indiana (Territory). Census, 1815,

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 40 cm. facsimile. folio.

  • The numbers of inhabitants of the Indiana Territory taken in the year 1815 by an act of the Legislature for the purpose.
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Gift. 1951


1816, Mar. 3 -   Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect, engineer. Washington, D.C. To Jonathan Jennings, House of Representatives U.S., Washington, D.C. Concerns an opinion of sketch of a machine for raising water.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 22-28 cm. photostat.

  • Photostate from original in the possession of Mrs. Minnie Graham Zapp, New Albany, Ind.

Gift. 1951


1816, May 13 -   Horwitz, Jonathan, physician. Madison, Indiana. Territory. To Mr. Flugel, merchant, Vevay, Indiana Territory. Refers to Mrs. Flugel’s illness.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

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From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1816, June 29 -   Indiana. Constitution.

Autograph Document Signed 67[i.e. 69] p. 21-42 cm. photostat.

  • The constitution of the state of Indiana and the ordinance adopted by the convention accepting the propositions of the Congress of the U.S. of April 19, 1816, entitled "An act to enable the people of the Indiana Territory to form a State Government…"
  • Negative Photostat from the original in the Indiana Historical Society Library.

Gift. 1951


1816, July 26 -   Jennings, Johathan, 1784-1843, governor of Ind. To John Kennedy Grahma. Introducing Capt. John Carr.

Letter Signed 1 p. 26 cm. photostat.

  • Photostat from original in the possession of Mrs. Minnie Graham Zapp, New Albany, Ind. Printed in Indiana Magazine of History, XXXIX: 291, Sept. 1943.

Gift. 1951


1818, Dec. 19-1827, May 12 -  Minutes of the Salem, Indiana, Peace Society.

Autograph Document 38 leaves. 28-32 cm. xerox copy.

  • Printed in Indiana Magazine of History. LXIV, no. 4 (December, 1968), 299-322.

Original in the possession of the Hobbs Family, Plainfield, Indiana.

Gift. 1969


1819, Jan. 1 -   Taylor, Waller, 1774?-1826, U.S. Senator. Washington D.C. To Jedidiah Morse. Corrections in Morse's account of the "Territory and now State of Indiana:" counties, towns, Indians, rivers, prairies.

Autograph Letter Signed 6 p. 25 cm.

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Purchase. 1957


1819, Jan. 1-1822, May 12 -   Brown, Basil, -1849, tavern owner. Ledger of tavern at Princeton, Ind.

Autograph Document Signed 361 p. 31 cm.

Accounts for prominent persons include

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  • Morris Birkbeck,
  • Toussaint Du Bois,
  • Robert Morgan Evans,
  • George Flower,
  • Elias Pym Fordham,
  • Samuel Hall,
  • David Hart,
  • John Ingle,
  • General Washington Johnston,
  • James Kirkman,
  • John Law,
  • Donald Macdonald,
  • James McClure,
  • William Prince,
  • Frederick Rapp,
  • David Robb.

Gift. 1960


1819, Jan. 11-1819, Aug. 2 -  Methodist Episcopal church. Conferences. Ohio. Papers relating to William Hunt’s trial in Wayne County, Aug. 2 Indiana.

Letter & Document Signed, 5 items, 10 p. 17-31 cm

Documents signed by

  • Moses Crume,
  • William Hunt,
  • John Strange,
  • William P. Finley,
  • Allen Wiley,
  • Thomas Marshill,
  • Rebeccah Thornberry,
  • Joseph Thornburg.

Gift. 1946-1947


1819, Mar. 16 -   Jennings, Jonathan, 1784-1834, governor of Indiana. Corydon. Commission to Stephen Beers a Justice of the Peace for Floyd County.

Document Signed 4 p. 19 x 31 cm.

Gift. 1946-1947


1819, Apr. 29-1824, Jan. 9 -  Indiana. State bank. [Reports and papers.]

Document 48 p. 28 cm.

  • Typewritten copy.
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Gift. Transferred from Indiana University Main Library, Bloomington, Indiana. 1919


1819-1857 -  [Documents related to the history of Warrick County, Indiana.]

Autograph Documents Signed, 6 items, 10 leaves. 12-33 cm.

  • Contents:
  • 1) 1819, Oct. 21 – Joseph Arnold solemnized the bands of matrimony between Reuben Bates and Almire Day;
  • 2) 1829, Oct. 17 – authorization by John A. Graham for the marriage of Ephraim Brooner and Mary Greenaway, solemnized by Jesse Spradley;
  • 3) 1830, Apr. 21 – authorization by John A. Graham for Jesse Spradley to join in matrimony Hiram Brooner and Milly Taylor;
  • 4) 1831, May 7 – authorization by John A. Graham for the marriage of Peter Brooner and Nancy A. Hardy, solemnized by Jesse Spradley;
  • 5) 1834, Apr. 22-Nov. 7 – account of Samuel Bogan with A.M. Phelps for "sugar, thread, calico, shoes…";
  • 6) 1857, Aug. 4 – certified list by D. F. Bates for trustees of F & AAY Masons, Lodge No. 174 of Newburgh, Ind. Formerly in the library of King V. Hostick of Springfield, Illinois.
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Purchase. 1985


1821, Jan. 11-1824, Jan. 10 -   Lindley, Ann, daughter of Jonathan Lindley, founder of Paoli, Indiana. Arithmetic sumbook.

Autograph Document Signed 58 p. 33 cm.

  • Pp. 1-2, 9-10 and part of pp. 3-4 missing; pp. 29-30 torn.
  • Contents:
  • Arithmetic sum-book, pp. 3-44;
  • Penmanship exercises, pp. 45-48, 57;
  • Poetry, pp. 49-56, 58.
  • Part of a New Albany, Ind.[?] newspaper of October, 1820 pasted inside cover.

Gift. 1949


1821, May 15-July 30 -   Tipton, John, 1786-1839, soldier, U.S. Senator. Journal of John Tipton, commissioner on the part of the state of Indiana, appointed under act of the General Assembly, approved January 8, 1821, viz: "An act providing for running and marking the line dividing the states of Indiana and Illinois."

Document Signed 45 p. 26 cm. blueprint.

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Original in Tipton Collection, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gift. 1922


1821, Aug. 20 -   Monroe, James, 1758-1831, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. Grant of land in District of Vincennes, state of Indiana to Philip Sumner of Gibson County, Indiana.

Document Signed 1 p. 25 x 41 cm. folio

  • Countersigned: Josiah Meigs, Commissioner of The General land office.

Gift. 1955


1822, Nov.21-1869, Jan. 1 -   Bromfield, Stanther Promissory notes.

15 items. 6-10 cm.

  • The signature, Stanther Bromfield, has been torn away from each note.
  • Accompanied by letter of presentation, dated Winchester, May 10, 1935 and signed: India Bromfield.
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Gift. 1941


1823, Apr. 17 -   Hendricks, William, 1782-1850, governor of Indiana. Corydon. Commission to Joel D. Thomasson as justice of the peace for Floyd County.

Document Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

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Gift. 1946-1947


1823, Nov. 11-1841, Dec. 7 -   Montgomery County, Ind. Treasurer. County journal.

Autograph Document 163 p. 31 cm.

Purchase. 1936


1824, Jan. 10 -   Monroe, James, 1758-1831, pres. U.S. Washinton D.C. Grant of land in district of Brookville, state of Indiana, to James Moreman, of Randolph County, Indiana.

Document Signed 1 p. 24 x 39 cm. folio.

  • Countersigned: George Graham, commissioner of General Land Office.

Gift. Source and date unknown.


1824, Sept. 3 -   Owen, Robert, 1771-1858, social reformer. London. To William Rathbone, Liverpool. Plans to sail to America about October 1; inquires about packets sailing about that time.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 23 cm.

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Purchase. 1959


1824 -   Merrill, Samuel, 1792-1855, Indiana state treasurer. To Stephen C. Stevens, Speaker of the House of Representatives. List of expenses "incurred and paid for Removing the Records public property & c from Corydon to Indianapolis."

Photostat of Autograph Document 1 p. 29 cm.

  • Accompanied by receipt from Carter Likens to Samuel Merrill, December 20, 1824, for $9.50 for carrying the law library to Indianapolis from Corydon. Attested by William H. Lilly. (Photostat of Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 10 cm.)

Source and date unknown.


1825, Sept. 17 -   Jennings, Jonathan, 1784-1834, governor of Indiana. New Charleston. To John Kennedy Graham, New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana. Requesting his comments on "the Report of Engineers in relation to a 'Western Armory' " as far as "it relates to the opposite sides of the falls of Ohio;" asks his support of James M. Ross of Indianapolis who contemplates being a candidate for a clerkship.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 22 cm. photostats.

  • Photostat from original in the possession of Mrs. Minnie Graham Zapp, New Albany, Indiana. Printed in Indiana Magazine of History. XXXIX; 294-95, Sept. 1943.

Gift. 1951


1826, May 26 -   Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. Grant of land "in the District of Jeffersonville and State of Indiana" to Thomas Charlton of Switzerland County, Indiana.

Document Signed 1 p. 25 x 38 cm. folio.

  • Countersigned by George Graham, commissioner of the General land office.
  • Accompanied by transcript and covering letter from Orlando C. Charlton, Dallas, Texas, December 14, 1915, to the Librarian, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Gift. 1931


1827, Sept. 8 - 1930, Mar. 28 -   Peleg, Lewis, fl. 1830, New Providence, Clark County, Indiana. To James Gere and Eneas Morgan, Groton, Mass. Deal with family and local news, farming and prices.

2 Autograph Letters Signed, 2 items, 6 p. 31-33 cm.

  • Accompanied by typewritten transcripts.
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Purchase. 1936


1828, June 28 -   Ray, James Brown, 1794-1848, governor of Indiana. Indianapolis. Commission to William Williams as justice of the peace for Floyd County.

Printed form filled out in ms. 2 p. 24 x 39 cm.

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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1828, Aug. 1-1875, June 6 -   Second Prairie Creek Church, Vigo County, Indiana. Record book.

Autograph Document 252 p. 19 cm.

  • Bound.
  • In ink and pencil.

Gift. 1965


1829, Jan. 24 -   Jones, Isaac E., Richmond, Ind. To his cousin, Jonah D. Thomas, Springboro, Ohio. Deals with church difficulties.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 20 cm.

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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1829, Mar. 8 -   Yeager, John, Jr. and Yeager, Margaret, Vermillion County, Indiana. To John Yeager, Sr. Head of Greenbrier, Pocahontas County, Va. Description of country.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 26 cm. photostat.

  • Photostat of the original in the possession of Mrs. Genevive Yeager Thompson, Athens, West Virginia.

Gift. 1951


1829, Apr. 2 -   Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, pres. U.S. Washington D.C. Grant of land in district of lands subject to sale at Crawfordsville, Ind., to Tolaver Larsh, of Montgomery County, Ind.

Document Signed 1 p. 25 x 40 cm. folio.

Gift. 1958


1829, Dec. 31 -   Edwards, James L., fl. 1850, army officer, pension officer. To William Hendricks, U.S. Senate. Refers to the pension certificate for John Cheshire.

Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1829-1852 -   Minute book of public schools in congressional township 13, range 7, east, in Shelby County, Indiana.

Autograph Document Signed 148 p. 34 cm.

Gift. 1963


1830, Jan. 1-1831, June 30 -   Ledger of public land sold from Indianapolis.

Autograph Document 119 p. 33 cm.

Purchase. 1942


1830, July 19 -   Agreement between James Hunnicutt and George King, both of Warren County, Ohio, by which Hunnicutt accepts land in Clinton County, Indiana, in partial payment for merchandise furnished to King.

Document Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

  • Attested by Henry King, Jr., and Joshua Bailey.
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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1830, Sept. 14-1831, Sept. 6 -   Morrison, Catherine (Morris), 1812-1887. The Single Rule of Three [and other mathematical problems].

Autograph Document 129 pp. 25.5 cm. Bound.

  • Cover wrapped in brown and white cloth.
  • First leaf missing.
  • Written in fine copperplate hand.
  • Other problems include: Insurance, Commission and Brokage, Vulgar Fractions, Domestic and Foreign Exchange, The Cube Root, Duodecimals, Life Annuities, Alligation, Tonnage of Ships.
  • Note in pencil about Catherine Morris on first page.
  • Accompanied by genealogical account of the Ancestors of Catherine Morris in America.

Gift. 1981


1831, Aug. 2 -   Wright, Ann, fl. 1831, Richmond, Ind. To her cousin, Lydia Thomas, Springborough, Warren County, Ohio. Local News.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 20 cm.

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Gift. 1946-1947


1831 -   Palmers Prairie, Sullivan County, Indiana, Christian church on Busseron Creek. Minute book, 1831-1903.

Autograph Document 46 p. 19 cm. photostat.

  • Consists of lists of members only.
  • Photostat from the original in the possession of the church.
  • Edited by Mrs. Chloe (Siner) Morgan and published in Indiana Magazine of History, XLVII; p. 111-127, March 1951.

Gift. 1951


1832, June 8-1835, July 25 -   Snapp, John F., miller and dealer in lumber. Daybook.

Autograph Document Signed 160 p. 37 cm.

Purchase. 1936


1833, Mar. 5 -   Christian College, New Albany, Ind. Diploma.

Document Signed 1 p. 53 cm. copy.

  • Photograph.
  • Signed by John Cook Bennett, Chancellor; Chauncey F. Perkings, Dean; and John L. Riddell, Registrar & Bursar.
  • "Under John Cook Bennett, its first president or chancellor, this diplomill began dispensing degrees to the highest bidders, a practice which it continued for a number of years, although the institution actually never did go into legitimate operation."
  • M.E. Pickard and R.C. Buley The Midwest Pioneer: His Ills, Cures & Doctors … Crawfordsville, Indiana, Banta, 1945, p. 141.
  • Framed.

Gift. 1959


1833, Apr. 17 -   Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, pres. U.S. Grant of land in district of lands subject to sale at Indianapolis, Ind., to David Henricks of Shelby County, Indiana.

Document 1 p. 25 x 40 cm. folio.

  • Signed: "Andrew Jackson by Andrew Jackson Donelson Sec'y"
  • Countersigned: Elijah Hayward, Commissioner of the General land office. Accompanied by record of survey of "South West corner of section 28 in Township 13 of R4 East" for David Henricks & William Morris. Signed: Joseph B. Nickel.

Gift. 1950


1833, Sept. 30-Oct. 29 -   Scott Township, Vanderburgh County, Indiana. Citizens, Minutes of a Meeting of the Inhabitants of Scott Township held on … the 30th Sept., 1833 … in Saundersville for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety and necessity of erecting a building to be appropriated for the purpose of a meeting house, school, or a place in which can be transacted the public business of the township.

Autograph Document Signed 4 p. 24 cm. Verifax copy.

  • Signed: Saunders Hornbrook, president.
  • Accompanied by a resolution of the building committee, Oct. 29, 1833. Autograph Document 1 p. 32 cm.
  • Accompanied by typescript.

Verifax copy made at Indiana University Library from the original in the possession of Mrs. Madelaine Warren Guthrie, Evansville, Indiana. 1958


1833, Dec. 22 -   Custis, William H. B., 1814- , state legislator, et al. Bloomington, Indiana. To Albert Smith White. "You have been unanimously elected an honorary member of the Athenian Society of Indiana College."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

  • Accompanied by announcement of Lafayette Female Seminary, Lafayette, Indiana.
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Gift. 1966


1834, Aug. 5 -   Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, pres. U.S. Washington D.C. Grant of land in district of lands subject to sale at Fort Wayne, Ind., to James Moorman, of Wayne County, Indiana.

Document 1 p. 25 x 41 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: "Andrew Jackson By Andrew Jackson Donelson Secy."
  • Countersigned: Elijah Hayword, commissioner of the General land office.

Gift. Source and date unknown.


1835, Sept. 21-1839, Mar. 2 -   Holcomb, Oliver & Co., collection agents. Lists of notes for collection in southwestern Indiana; southeastern Illinois, and northwestern Kentucky; memoranda of notes given to James St. C. Stuart and Edwin Adams, collection agents to collect; accounts, including records of sales of clocks.

Autograph Document 158 p. 22 cm.

Purchase. 1947


1835, Sept. 25 -   Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, pres. U.S. Washington D.C. Grant of land in district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Ind., to David Arnold of Harrison County, Ind.

Document 1 p. 25 x 41 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: "Andrew Jackson By Andrew Jackson Donelson Secty."
  • Countersigned: Ethan Allen Brown, commissioner of the General land office.

Gift. 1933


1835, Sept. 25 -   Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, pres. U.S. Washington D.C. Grant of land in district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Ind., to Samuel Stanfield, of Jackson County, Ind.

Document 1 p. 25 x 40 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: "Andrew Jackson By Andrew Jackson Donelson Secy"
  • Countersigned: Ethan Allen Brown, commissioner of the General land office.

Gift. Source and date unknown.


1835, Sept. 30-1841, Aug. 14 -   Friends, Society of Indiana. Account book of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends.

Autograph Document 8 p. 20 cm.

  • Includes accounts of the fund for the use of the Committee on the concerns of the people of colour, Jan. 24, 1836-Sept. 23, 1841.
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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1835 -   Gibson County, Ind. Tax book.

Document 156 p. 18 cm.

  • Includes also a record of brick sold, Sept. 23, 1844-Feb. 12, 1845 by the brick yard of Joseph Kirkman in Princeton, Ind.
  • Gift of Lawrence Wheeler. Donor’s letter in pocket in back of book.

Gift. 1944


1836, Feb. 9-14 -  Diary of travel from Goshen, Indiana, crossing the Tippecanoe River and the Eel River

Autograph Document 19 p. 16.7 cm.

  • Author is a "young lady"
  • Beginning words: Started from Goshen. Not as when we left our native place, …
  • In brown ink.
  • Accompanied by pencil transcript.
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Gift. 1996


1837, Mar. 15 -   Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, pres. U.S. Washinton D.C. Grant of land in district of land subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Ind., to James Cousens, of Jackson County, Ind.,

Document 1 p. 25 x 41 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: “Martin Van Buren By Abraham Van Buren Secy.”
  • Countersigned: H. M. Garland, recorder of the General land office.

Gift. Source and date unknown.


1837, May 11-1838, July 7 -   Barlow, Ames & Co., merchants, tailors, and dealers in lumber, Princeton, Ind. Account book for tailoring and merchandising business.

Autograph Document Signed 157 p. 20 cm.

  • One bill laid in.

Purchase. 1947


1837, Aug. 1 -   Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, pres. U.S. Washington D.C. Deed of land in Indiana to James Moorman of Wayne County, Ind.

1 p. 25 x 40 cm. folio.

  • Signature is: “Martin Van Buren by A. Van Buren Sec’y”
  • Countersigned: Joseph S. Wilson, acting recorder of the General land offce.

Gift. Source unknown. 1947


1838, Jan. 1 -   Kellogg, Miner Kilbourne, 1814-1889, artist. Private journal.

Xerox copy of Autograph Document Signed 23 p. 36 cm.

  • Original in the Indiana Historical Society Library, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gift. 1968


1838, Jan. 15 -   Weaver, Joseph, Jr. Chester, Delaware County, Pa. To Squire Hulley, Madison, Jefferson County, Ind. Concerns the settlement of the Bottomley estate.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

  • Cover included.
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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1838, Feb. 17 -   An Act to Incorporate the City of Logansport, Indiana.

Autograph Document Signed 20 leaves. 30 cm.

  • This contemporary copy of the original city charter of Logansport was made for Jordan Vigus, 1792-1860, first mayor of the city, and signed by David Wallace, 1799-1859, governor of Indiana, Thomas Jefferson Evans, -1840, speaker of the House, and Amaziah Morgan, president of the Senate, pro tem.

Purchase. 1974


1838, Aug. 1 -   Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, pres. U.S. Washington D.C. Grant of land in district of land subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Ind., to Bevarly Richardson of Jackson County, Ind.

Document 1 p. 26 x 41 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: "Martin Van Buren By Martin Van Buren, Jr. Secy."
  • Countersigned: Joseph S. Wilson, acting recorder of the General land office.

Gift. Source and date unknown.


1838, Dec. 2 -   Crumbaugh, Fred. Madison, Ind. To James H. Johnson, Cincinnati, Ohio. Concerns misunderstandings arising from their earlier correspondence.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 29 cm.

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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1839, July-1844, Mar. -   Barlow, Ames and Co., merchants, tailors, and dealers in lumber. Memorandum book for lumbering business, time sheets of employees, tables of measures, etc.

Autograph Document 282 p. 20 cm.

  • Pp. 23, 50, 57, 91 and 92 contain listings of materials for flatboats. Laid in: 1) Holcomb, Oliver, New Harmondy, Ind. To Barlow, Ames & Co., Princeton, Ind., Mar. 1, 1839. 2) Barlow, John. Bill to Gibson County, Ind., for material for courthouse.

Purchase. 1947


1839, Aug. 1 -   Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. Grant of land in district of land subject to sale at Vincennes, Ind., folio to Green Cunningham of Gibson County, Ind.

Document 1 p. 25 x 40 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: "Martin Van Buren By Martin Van Buren, Jr., Secy."
  • Countersigned: Joseph S. Wilson, acting recorder of the General land office.

Gift. 1955


1839, Aug. 1 -   Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, pres., U.S. Grant of land in district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Ind., to Squire Wilson of Martin County, Ind.

Document 1 p. 26 x 41 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: "Martin Van Buren By Martin Van Buren Secy"
  • Countersigned: Joseph S. Wilson, acting recorder of the General land office adinterim.

Purchase. 1951


1839, Aug. 1 -   Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, pres. U.S. Washington D.C. Two grants of land in district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Ind., to David Arnold of Harrison County, Ind.

Document 2 p. 25-26 x 41 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: "Martin Van Buren By Martin Van Buren Jr., Secy"
  • Countersigned by Joseph S. Wilson, acting recorder of the General land office.

Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1839, Sept. 24-1845, May 30 -   Holcomb, Oliver & Co., collection agents. Accounts with collection agents.

Autograph Document 108 p. 20 cm.

  • Principally accounts of James Finch, collection agent in southwestern Indiana, southeastern Illinois and northwestern Kentucky.

Purchase. 1947


1839, Nov. 16-1855, May 25 -   Methodist Protestant Church. Conferences. Indiana. Minutes of quarterly conferences of the White River Circuit.

Document 192 p. 31 cm.

  • Includes also Register of marriages, June 25, 1840-Apr. 28, 1853; register of baptisms, May 12, 1841-Nov. 15, 1852; list of male members over the age of 21 years on the White River Circuit, 1844.
  • Many pages missing.

Gift. 1946-1947


1839-1842 -   Kern, David G., businessman of Milton, Indiana, and others. Select & original poetry.

Autograph Document 70 p. 19 cm.

  • Accompanied by an insurance receipt and an advertisement for Kern's store.

Purchase. 1962


1840, Oct. 4 -   Mote, David, Wayne County, Ind. To David Jones, Friends establishment, Indiana territory. Refers to the death of David Jones' father.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1841, Apr. 12 -   Smith, Oliver Hampton, 1794-1859, U.S. Senator. Indianapolis, Ind. To Lewis Jacob Cist. "I will hand it [Cist’s letter] to such of the persons named by you as I may see."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1842, May 7 -   Simpson, Matthew, 1811-1884, Bishop, Greencastle, Ind. To Thomas S. Hitt, Mount Morris, Ogle County, Ill. Recommending Charles H. Titus as principal of his institution.

Autograph Letter Signed, 22 items, 2 p. 25 cm.

  • Note on back: "Copy of a letter from Pres. Simpson to T. S. Hitt."
  • Included in same folder are 21 documents, dated Oct. 23, 1835- July 27, 1844, relating to Charles H. Titus, including licenses as a preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church in the Portland district, Maine conference, and the Newcastle district, Indiana conference, and recommendations as a teacher and preacher. Autograph Document Signed 21 p. 6-25 cm.
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Gift. 1946-1947


1842, Sept. 28 -   Fletcher, Calvin, 1798-1966 [sic], lawyer, banker. Indianapolis, Indiana To Douglass Luce, Urbana, Ohio. Refers to the financial settlement with William Ward and Pain [?] in 1830.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 24 cm.

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Gift. 1953


1843, Jan. 21-1858, July 24 -   New Salem, Ind. Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ. Minutes.

Autograph Document, 2 items, 2 v. 30-33 cm.

  • Contents:
  • [v. 1] January 21, 1843-August 28, 1852;
  • [v. 2] June 26, 1852-July 24, 1858.

Gift. 1963


1843, Apr. 10 -   Tyler, John, 1790-1862, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. Grant of land in district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Ind., to Joel McCory of Jackson County, Ind.

Document 1 p. 25 x 40 cm.

  • Signature reads: "John Tyler By R. T. Tyler Sec'y."
  • Countersigned: J. Williamson, recorder of the General land office.

Gift. Source and date unknown.


1843, June 20 -   Barnett, Theodore, journalist. Indianapolis, Ind. To John Serbie Watts, editor of the Bloomington Post Ind. Enclosing clipping from Indianapolis Sentinel concerning George Grundy Dunn, and asking whether Dunn made the remark attributed to him in regard to the Indiana Journal.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 31 cm.

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Gift. Source and date unknown.


1843, Aug. 6 -   Grover, O.H.P., fl. 1843, Winamac, Ind. To James Lasselle. Asking for date of the publication of a sale of a section of land.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

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Gift. 1951


1844-1845 -   Lathrop, James B. Lecture notes from classes given by Andrew Wylie at Ind. Univ.

1 manuscript notebook. 31 cm. Assorted newspaper clippings.

Gift. 1981


1844, July 2-1858, Dec. 23 -   Indiana. State Bank. Ft. Wayne Branch. Minute Book, Letter B.

Autograph Document 462 pp. 41 cm. bound.

  • Minutes of the meetings signed by bank presidents :
  • Samuel Hanna, 1844, July 2-1847, Oct. 26;
  • Allen Hamilton, 1847, Nov. 18-1858, Mar. 25;
  • Lott S. Bayless, 1858, Nov. 16-Dec. 23.
  • Signature of Stephen B. Bond appears on Dec. 14, 1858, for an extensive financial transaction.

Gift. 1981


1844, Sept. 25-1851, Oct. 15 -   Methodist Episcopal Church. Conferences. Indiana. Minutes of the Indiana conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Typed copy. [4], 227 [i.e. 242] p. 23 cm.

Transcribed from the original in the office of the Archives, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. 1953


1844-1854, Oct. 16 -   Shuck, Daniel, clergyman.

Autograph Document Signed 46 p. 19 1/2 cm.

  • Memorandum book containing report on ministerial activities in the United Brethren in Christ, 1844-1849;
  • Lists of members of various churches of his denomination, 1847;
  • Subscribers for a parsonage and support for the church in New Albany, Ind., 1850-1851;
  • Diary, Jan. 20-Feb. 17, 1851, of activities in Indiana and Ohio;
  • and Personal finances, 1853-1854.
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Purchase. 1961


1844, Oct. 16-1851, Aug. 27 -   Methodist Episcopal Church. Conferences. North Indiana. [Minutes of the North Indiana conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.]

Typed copy 232 [i.e. 238] p. 23 cm. copy.

Purchase. 1953


1844, Dec. 16-1846, Dec. 17 -   Long, Avery. Three tax receipts to Greenburg Robertson.

Autograph Document Signed 3 p. 5 and 6 cm.

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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1844, Dec. 31 -   Indiana. State Bank. Terre Haute Branch. To Bethuel F. Morris, cashier, Indianapolis, Indiana. Report on condition of the branch at Terre Haute of the State Bank of Indiana.

Document Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Signed: Nathaniel Preston, cashier.
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Gift. 1948


1844? -  [Plat map of Madison, Ind.].

Autograph Document 1 map. 43 x 59 cm. folio.

  • Names of residents of Madison ([e.g.] D. Blackmore, J. R. Cravens, W. Hendricks, Jr., D. Hillis, J. F. Lanier, J. Paul, J. P. Paul, on map and D. C. Branham, Robert Branham, W. H. Branham, Elias Stapp on verso) indicate that this is a map of Madison, Ind.
  • Plat of lands of D. C., W. H., and Robert Branham on verso with record of size and value of holdings of D. C. and W. H. Branham, dated 1844. Found in the Indiana University copy of the Madison Courier , Madison, Ind., 1848-1849

Purchase. 1940-1941


1845, June 1 -   Polk, James Knox, 1795-1849, pres. U.S. Washington D.C. Grant of land in district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Ind., to Alvin Wheeler of Jackson County, Ind.

Document 1 p. 26 x 37 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: "James K. Polk By J. Knox Walker Sec'y."
  • Countersigned: S. H. Laughlin, recorder of the General land office.

Purchase. 1933


1845-1856 -   Leatherwood Mills, Parke County, Indiana. Account book of operations of linseed oil mill, 1845-1850, and of woolen mill, 1849-1856.

Autograph Document 44, [63] p. 31 cm.

  • Various pages lacking.
  • Mill appears to have been operated by Mahlon Reynolds and Jesse Kemp.
  • pp. 1-27; 43-44: Accounts of Siler, & Kemp, James Siler & co., and Kemp and Doggett, merchants, 1837-1838.
  • Accompanied by directions for dyeing wool and woolen cloth.
  • (Autograph Document 50 p. 31 cm.)

Gift. 1956

2 mss.


1846, June 6-1847, June 4 -   Indiana infantry. 3rd regt., 1846. Co. A. Record of service of C.A., 3rd regt., Indiana volunteers, under the command of Capt. John M. Sluss.

Document 66 p. 39 cm.

  • This company was raised in Monroe County, Ind.
  • Three bills for clothing for members of the company are in pocket on back cover.
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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1846, June 20 -   Indiana infantry. 2nd regt., 1846-1847. Co. F. Muster roll of Captain Henry Davis’ company in the 2nd regiment (--- brigade) of Indiana foot volunteers, commanded by Lt. Colonel William R. Haddon called into the service of the United States by the President under the act of Congress approved, May 13, 1846, from the twentieth day of June 1846, when mustered to the 1st day of September 1846.

Document Signed 2 p. 52 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.

Gift. 1965


1846, June 20 -   Indiana infantry. 2nd regt., 1846-1847. Co. F. Muster roll of Captain Henry Davis' company in the 2nd regiment (--- brigade) of Indiana foot volunteers, commanded by Colonel Joseph Lane, called into the service of the United States by the President under the act of Congress approved, May 13, 1846, from the twentieth day of June 1846, (date of this muster) for the term of twelve months, unless sooner discharged.

Document Signed 2 p. 55 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.

Gift. 1965


1846, June 22 -   Indiana infantry. 3rd regt., 1846. Co. A. Muster roll of Captain John M. Sluss company in the 3rd regiment (---brigade) of Indiana foot volunteers, commanded by Colonel James Henry Lane, called into the service of the United States by the President under the act of Congress approved May 13, 1846, from the 22nd day of June 1846 (date of this muster) for the term of twelve months, unless sooner discharged.

Document Signed 2 p. 51 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.

Deposited in the Indiana University Library by George D. Baker and Hays H. Buskirk. Bloomington, Indiana. Letter of deposit and three photostatic copies of the Muster roll included in folder. 1948


1846, Sept. 1 -   Indiana infantry. 2nd regt., 1846-1847. Co. F. Muster roll of Captain Henry Davis’ company in the 2nd regiment (---brigade) of Indiana volunteers, commanded by Colonel William A. Bowles, called into the service of the United States by the President under the act of Congress approved May 13, 1846 from the first day of September 1846, when last mustered, to the thirty-first day of Oct. 1846.

Document Signed 2 p. 52 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.

Gift. 1965


1846, Oct. 31 -   Indiana infantry. 2nd regt., 1846-1847. Co. F. Muster roll of Captain Henry Davis’ company in the second regiment (---brigade) of Indiana volunteers, commanded by Colonel William A. Bowles, called into the service of the United States by the President under the act of Congress approved May 13, 1846, from the 31st day of October, 1846, when last mustered to the thirty-first day of December, 1846.

Document Signed 2 p. 52 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.

Gift. 1965


1846, Dec. 4 -   Downey, Robert. Deed of land in Mechanic’s Retreat, Floyd County, Indiana, by Robert Downey and Barbara Downey to John Yeager.

Document Signed 1 p. 42 cm. folio.

  • Attested by Henry Collins, recorder of the city of New Albany, Indiana.

Gift. Source unknown. 1946


1846 -   Indiana infantry. 2nd regt., 1846-1847. Co. F. A list of Officers and Privates, "Lawrence Greys."

Autograph Document 8 p. 32 cm.

  • This company was raised in Lawrence County, Indiana.

Gift. 1965


1847, July 14-1864, Sept. 8 -   Stapp, Milton, 1792-1869, lawyer, lieut.-governor of Indiana. The memoirs of Milton Stapp.

Typed 110 p. 28 cm. copy.

  • Copied by Elfrieda Lang from the typescript copy of William S. Dow, December 9, 1953.
  • Original in the possession of Dr. C. E. Colgate, a great great grandson of Milton Stapp.
  • Copy 1 bound; Copy 2 unbound.

1953


1847, Oct. 30-1848, July 27 -   Bailey, Thomas, musician, Co. C., 5th regt., Indiana volunteers. Diary of the Mexican war.

Document 43 p. 21 cm. copy.

  • Printed in Indiana Magazine of History. 14:134-147, June 1918.
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Gift. Source and date unknown.


1848, Feb. 19 -   Gorman, Willis Arnold, 1816-1876, congressman, general, territorial governor of Minnesota. Puebla, Mexico. To John S. Watts, Bloomington, Ind. Hopes to return home as soon as “it is beyond doubt that a treaty has been concluded and that all it now wants is the sanction of the Congress;” 4th Indiana regiment has seen more service than any troops now in the service, except the old regulars and have proved themselves “worthy representatives of the honor and chivalry of Indiana.”

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 33 cm.

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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1848, Apr. 10 -   Polk, James Knox, 1795-1849, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. Grant of land in the district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Indiana, to Caleb Crayden, of Harrison County, Indiana.

Document 1 p. 24 x 39 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads “James Knox Polk. By J. K. Stephens Asst Sec’y.”
  • Countersigned by S. H. Laughlin, recorder of the General land office.

Purchase. 1933


1848, Apr. 10 -   Polk, James Knox, 1795-1849, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. Grant of land in the district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Indiana, to Silas Crayden, of Harrison County, Indiana.

Document 1 p. 25 x 39 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads "James Knox Polk. By J. K. Stephens Asst Sec'y."
  • Countersigned by S. H. Laughlin, recorder, General land office.

Purchase. 1933


1848, Apr. 14 -  Bryan, A. M. Marriage certificate of John W. Conway and Alzora Hill of Vernon, Indiana.

Document Signed 1 p. 14 cm.

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Gift. 1948


1848, May 31 -   Simmers, Jacob. Deed of land in Mechanic's Retreat, Floyd County, Indiana, by Jacob Simmers, Jane Simmers, Orange A. Graves and Ellen Graves to John Yeager.

Document Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

  • Attested by Henry Collins, city judge, Albany, Ind.
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Gift. 1942


1849-1865  Episcopal Bishops of Indiana. Letters written by 11 bishops of Indiana.

14 letters. Varying sizes.

Purchase. 2004.


1849, Feb. 1 -   Polk, James Knox, 1795-1849, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. Grant of land in district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Ind., to Ira Cornett, of Jackson County, Ind.

Document 1 p. 25 x 29 cm. folio.

  • Signature reads: "James K. Polk by J. K. Stephens Ass't Sec'y."
  • Countersigned: S. H. Laughlin, recorder of the General land office.

Gift. 1933


1850, Feb. 28 -   Indiana. State Bank. New Albany branch. To Branch bank, Indianapolis, Ind. State of the branch at New Albany of the State Bank of Indiana.

Document Signed 1 p. 40 cm. folio.

  • Signed: V. A. Pepin, cashier.
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Gift. 1948


1850, May 24 -   Simmers, Jacob. Deed of land in Mechanic's Retreat, Floyd County, Indiana, by Jacob Simmers and Jane Simmers to John Yeager.

Document Signed 1 p. 41 cm. folio.

  • Attested by Jared C. Jocelyn, J. P., New Albany, Ind.

Gift. 1942


1850, Aug. 14 -   Cravens, Samuel R., Clerk, Green County, Ind. Circuit Court. Marriage license of William B. Tuell and Catharine Marion Topping.

Document Signed 1 p. 9 x 21 cm.

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Gift. Source and date unknown.


1850, Aug. 23 -   Smith, J. R., Decatur, Adams Co., Indiana. To Lewis B. Kingsbury, Milnersville, Guernsey Co., Ohio.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 pp. 31.5 cm.

  • Addressing his "Dear brother & sister," Smith relates the death of the Kingsburys' son John from measles and says that if the “doctor had understood what he ought that he would have remained with us.” Expresses concern for the welfare of John’s wife and children, but expects Jesse E. Read to look after them. "your Ever affectionate Brother & Sister until death J. R. & Lydia Smith."
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Gift. 1985


1851, Mar. 14-June 7 -   Rose, Chauncey, 1794-1877, railroad builder, financier, Terre Haute, Ind. To Charles R. Peddle, Indianapolis, Ind., and Erastus Corning, Albany, N.Y. Deals with the shipment of engines for Terre Haute and Richmond Railroad Company from Boston, Mass., to Terre Haute, Ind.

Typed Letter, 10 items, 16 p. 28 cm. copies.

Transcript made from the originals by the owner, Juliet Peddle, Terre Haute, Ind. 1952


1851, Nov. 3-1904, July -   Indiana. State Bank. Madison branch. Minutes of meetings of Board of directors.

Document 12 p. 28 cm.

  • Typewritten copy.

Gift. 1919


1851, Dec. 29-1853, Dec. 26 -   Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway Company. Certificate of stock of the New Albany and Salem Railroad Co., dated Dec. 26, 1853, and issued to William Wylie.

Document Signed 1 p. 13 x 23 cm.

  • Signed by James Brooks, president, and William W. Tuttle, asst. secretary.
  • Includes also: Receipt to William Wylie, dated Bloomington, Dec. 29, 1851, for payment for above stock, signed: Thomas Carter, Collector.
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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1853, Mar. 7-1879, Feb. 10 -   Earl, Robert, of Tippecanoe County, Ind. Time book of his employees and account book.

Document Signed, 5 items, 108 p. 30 cm.

  • Four miscellaneous documents in pocket on back cover, Aug. 10, 1873-May 30, 1891.

Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1853, Mar. 9 -   Campbell, Matthew Monroe, 1810-1897, professor, Indiana University. Bloomington, Ind. To Theophilus Adam Wylie, Oxford, Ohio. Concerns the supreme court decision affecting Indiana University and other university news.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 24 cm.

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Gift. 1961


1853, Mar. 15-June 1;  1854, Apr. 4-May 23 -   Brooks, Lewis, 1835-, trader, army officer. A Journal of a Flatboat trip from Mt. Pleasant, Indiana to New Orleans, Louisiana; and A Journal of a Flat Boat Trip from Mt. Pleasant, Indiana to New Orleans, Louisiana taken from the Journal of the Flat Boat "Snaketown" by Lewis Brooks.

Typed Document 12 leaves. 33 cm. copy.

  • Corrections and additions in pencil.

Gift. 1952

1 item.


1853, Dec. 25 -   Morrison, Ellan J., Clayton, Ind. To her sisters. Gives family news.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 25 cm.

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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1853-1856 -  [Documents related to the legal career of Oliver Perry Morton in Wayne County, Indiana.]

Autograph Documents Signed, 12 items, 28 pp. 13-31 cm.

  • View All (11)
  • Contents:
  • 1) 1853, Sept. 4 – Hannah Hawkins vs. Jeremiah W. Swafford, Complaint to set aside sale; signed by Jacob Burnet Julian and Oliver Perry Morton; Andrew F. Scott, clerk.
  • 2) 1853, Sept. 17 – Richard Barnard vs. Sanford Lackey, Complaint for judgment of $500; Morton and John F. Kibbey, attys; Scott, clerk.
  • 3) 1854, Jan. 26 – Thomas Kearns vs. John W. Williamson & William Gillam, Notice of motion to correct decree of foreclosure; Morton & Kibbey, solicitors; Scott, clerk.
  • 4) 1854, Jan. 26 – Thomas Kearns vs. John W. Williamson & William Gillium, Certified copy by Scott of notice of motion to correct decree of foreclosure, 27 Jan 1854.
  • 5) 1854, Feb. 16 – Josiah W. Glidden, Ex…of John Weaver vs. Lewis B. Morrison, Replication; Develin & Morton, attys; Scott clerk.
  • 6-8) 1855, Jan. 25 – Oliver P. Morton and William Baker vs. Alfred Lashley, Appeal bonds (3) for the sums of $45, of $59, of $110; William F. King, Clerk.
  • 9) 1855, Feb. 2 – Isaac Burbank vs. William F. King et al., complaint to foreclose; Morton & [Telley? or Tilley?], attys; Scott, clerk.
  • 10) 1856, Jan. 3 – Levi L. Lawrence and James W. Lawrence vs. Norton Davis, et. al., Complaint on note; Morton & Kibbey, attys; Scott, clerk;
  • 11) n.d. – Sarah Kittel[?] vs. John Binkley, Breach of promise suit; Develin & Morton attys;
  • 12) n.d. – David Smith vs. Jeremiah Smith, Exception to the deposition regarding questioning; with signed note in Morton's hand that "the question is leading in its character."
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Formerly in the library of King V. Hostick, Springfield, Illinois.

Purchase. 1985


1855, Apr. 3 -   German Benevolent and Literary Society, Cannelton, Ind. Articles of association of the German Benevolent and Literary Society (Deutscher Unterstutzungs & Bildungsvererin)

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Date is that of filing.
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Gift. 1956


1855, Nov. 9-1857, Feb. 7 -   Hunter, David Eckely, 1834-1892, teacher. Diary.

Autograph Document Signed 2 v. 24-26 cm.

  • Contents:
  • v. 1, Nov. 9, 1855 – May 4, 1856;
  • v. 2, May 5, 1856 – Feb. 7, 1857.

Gift. 1958


1857, Apr. 1 -   Terre Haute, Ind. Public schools. Lease for three months to two upper rooms of school house no. 2 in the city of Terre Haute by the School Trustees of the city of F. V. Birkowsky, secretary of the German English School Society.

Autograph Document Signed, 3 items, 1 p. 30 cm. photostats.

  • Accompanied by:
  • [1] Lease for three months of the south room of School house no. 3 in the city of Terre Haute by the School trustees to L. B. Franklin, teacher, May 25, 1857.

    (Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 21 cm.)

  • [2] Report of J. H. Moore, superintendent to the Trustees of the public schools of Terre Haute, Ind. for the five months ending March 1, 1861, (Document Signed 1 p. 24 cm.)

Gift. 1956


1857-1863 -   Prow, Christian, 1819-, merchant, state legislator, and William Collier, merchant. [Ledger for store at Campbellsburg, Ind].

Autograph Document 424 pp. 37 cm. bound.

  • "Book bought Nov. 27, 1857."
  • Earliest date: June 6, 1857 (page 19).
  • Latest date: June 22, 1863 (page 355).
  • Lottery tickets sold (second page).
  • Index for names of customers.
  • Customer accounts (pages 1-355).
  • Amount of lumber for home of C. Prow, April 18, 1860 (pages 381-2, 402).
  • Division of notes and accounts taken by Prow and Collier (pages 392 and 401).
  • Accompanied by material found loose in volume:
    • 1) letter for R. D. Porter per H. P. Fair to Messers Christian Prow and William Collier, Mar. 30, 1858, on letterhead of Office of the Oriental Life Liniment, Louisville, Ky. (Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 20.5 cm.)
    • 2) letter of Edward J. Salyards 1820- merchant of Orleans, Ind., to Christian Prow, Feb. 22, 1859, offering to sell "som [sic] marble." (Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 19 cm.)
    • 3) The Eastern Star point advertising card of Rob Morris and D. T. Monsarrat of Louisville, Ky., n.d. (Prow and Collier were members of Rob Morris Lodge No. 282 at Cambellsburg)
    • 4) Leaflet advertising Dr. Rogers' Liverwort, Tar, and Canchalagua, ca. 1858.

Gift. 1981


ca. 1857-1892  Brier, William. Enrollment Records [image]View item(s)

Manuscript book with 20 pages of records for the enrollment of 127 men for military duty, including several "colored," in Rainsville, Warren County, Indiana. Information recorded includes age, trade, place of birth, former military service, and details about service. The book also contains several pages of post-war farm workers' records, maps of farm plantings, music instruction, and a lecture on Lafayette.

Printed letter, 1863, relating to the appointment of Brier as enrolling officer in Pine Township, Warren County, Indiana.


1858, Feb. 23 -   Smith, Oliver Hampton, 1794-1859, U.S. senator. Indianapolis, Indiana. To Editors, Home Journal. Thanks them for the favorable notice of his book and gives them permission to quote from his book.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 21 cm.

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Removed from Smith's Early Indiana Trials … Cincinnati, Moore, Wilstach, Keys and Co., 1858. (Lilly F527.S656). 1973


1858, June 9-1873, Dec. 31 -   Holmes, George Hamilton Moore, farmer. Livonia, Washington County, Indiana. Diaries.

Autograph Document Signed, 3 items, 3 v. 16 cm.

  • Contents:
  • June 9, 1858 – June 30, 1859;
  • 1864;
  • 1872-1873.
  • Only the first diary carries signature and place of residence of diarist.

Purchase. 1947


1858, July 1-1865, Apr. 5 -   Daybook of a general store, Aurora, Ind.

Autograph Document 235 p. 30 cm.

  • Various names of members of Beinkamp and Rothert families appear on front and back end papers and front fly leaf.

Gift. 1946-1947


1859, Feb. 14-1860, Jan. 28 -   Bainbridge Male and Female Academy, Bainbridge, Ind. Minutes.

Autograph Document 184 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1958


1859, Dec. 17 -   Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville railway company. Certificate of stock of the Louisville, New Albany and Chicago RailRoad Co., dated December 17, 1859, and issued to John Vestal.

Document Signed 1 p. 13 x 25 cm.

  • Signed by D. A. Noble, president and George Lyman, secretary. Accompanied by: New Albany and Salem Railroad time table no. 12 to take effect Monday, April 7, 1856. Printed broadsheet.
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Gift. 1955


1860, Sept. 12-1897, May 27 -   Magann, Edwin W., fl. 1897, physician. Ledger, listing charges for medical services, Sept. 12, 1860-Sept. 28, 1866 and Jan. 6, 1891-May 27, 1897.

Autograph Document [20 p.], p. 1-120, 122, 124-222, [1 p.]

  • No pages lacking. Pages 121 and 123 omitted in numbering.

Purchase. 1947


1860, Oct. 7-1864, June 30 -   Mayfield, Leroy Sam., 1841-, Civil War soldier. Letters and diaries.

Typed copy of Autograph Letter Signed & Autograph Document Signed 125 p. 28 cm.

  • Contents:
  • 1) Mayfield, Leroy Sam. 34 letters to his brother Joseph M. Mayfield, Oct. 7, 1860-Dec. 1863; 66 p.
  • 2) Diary, Book I, Aug. 17-Dec. 13, 1863. 33 p.
  • 3) Diary, book II, Mar. 23-June 30, 1864. 26 p.
  • Printed with omissions as: "A Hoosier invades the Confederacy: Letters and diaries of Leroy S. Mayfield, contributed by Ura Sanders, ed. John D. Barnhart. Indiana Magazine of History, 39: 144-91, June 1943.

Transcribed from the originals in the possession of Ura Sanders, Gosport, Indiana. 1951


1861, Apr. 6-1896, Feb. 23 -   Magann, Edwin W., M.D. Daybook, listing charges for medical service, Apr. 6, 1861-Jan. 3, 1864; Sept. 11, 1865-Sept. 24, 1866; Jan. 6, 1891-Feb. 23, 1896.

Autograph Document 100 p. 35 cm.

  • Bills and receipts are in a pocket on the inside back cover of the volume:
  • 1) Jenkins & Hatch, importers, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1863. Receipted bill to E. W. Magann. (Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 13 cm.)
  • 2) Potts, E. G. Richmond, Feb. 3, 1863. Receipted bill to Dr. Magan. (Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 9 cm.)
  • 3) Magann, E. W. Tickfaw, Louisiana, Oct. 11, 1892, Bill to Mrs. M. F. Pucket. (Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 10 cm.)
  • Pages containing accounts of Apr. 6, 1861-Sept. 24, 1866 are headed: Hagerstown, Indiana.

Purchase. 1947


1861, Apr. 13-June 27 -   Fletcher, William Baldwin, 1837-1907, physician. [Civil War Journal.]

Autograph Document 54 p. 20 cm.

  • Illustrated with pen and ink sketches.
  • Published as "The Civil War Journal of William B. Fletcher." contributed and edited by Loriman S. Brigham, Indiana Magazine of History, LVII: [43]-76, March 1961.

Gift. 1961


1861, June 9 -   Morton, Oliver Perry, 1823-1877, governor of Indiana. Indianapolis, Indiana. To Abraham Lincoln. Requests the appointment of Joseph J. Reynolds as a brigadier general.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • On verso of letter is an eight-line endorsement by Lincoln to the secretary of war, June 12, 1861.
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From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1861, June 12 -   Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, pres. U.S. To Simon Cameron. Endorses appointment of Joseph J. Reynolds as a brigadier general.

Autograph Note Signed 25 cm.

  • On verso of letter from Perry to Lincoln, June 9, 1861.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1861, Aug. 26-1864, Jan. 5 -   Dillman, Henry Franklin, 1838-1917, farmer. Civil War diary.

Autograph Document Signed [92] p. 8 x 12 cm.

  • Published in the Daily Herald-Telephone, Bloomington, Indiana, January 23, 1961.
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Gift. 1972.


1861, Sept. 21-Oct. 31 -   Indiana Infantry. 34th regt., 1861-1866. Co. G, Payroll. Major John A. Lowry, paymaster.

Document Signed 2 p. 45 x 58 cm. folio.

Purchase. 1947


1861, Dec. 16-1863, Mar. 20 -   Indiana infantry. 57th regt., 1861-1865. Orderly book.

Autograph Document [72] p.

  • Lower corners torn from pp. 69-72.

Purchase. 1956


1861 -   Carson, R. B., agent, Farmers' and Merchants' Insurance co., Indianapolis, Indiana. Printed card giving capital, officers, directors, and references signed by R. B. Carson.

Document Signed 2 p. 7 cm.

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Gift. 1946-1947


1861-1865 -   Indiana infantry. 57th regt., 1861-1865.

Autograph Document [46] + 173 p. 40 cm.

  • Register of the regiment, including:
    • 1) lists of commissioned and non-commisssioned officers with dates of appointment and discharge;
    • 2) lists of the enlisted men of each company, giving for each man his age, physical description, birthplace, occupation, place and date of enlistment and date and circumstances of discharge.
  • Title page reads: Indiana Civil War.
  • Descriptive book of Indiana troops.

Purchase. 1936


1862, Feb. 28 -   Indiana infantry. 36th regt., 1861-1864. Co. H. Muster-out roll.

Document Signed 2 p. 54 x 78 cm. folio.

  • Signed by Gilbert Trusler, capt. commanding the company, and William Grose, col., mustering officer.

Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1862, Mar. 3-Oct. 12 -   Fletcher, Stephen Keyes, 1840-1897, businessman. Civil War Diary.

Autograph Document Signed 93 p. 21 cm.

  • Illustrated with pen and pencil drawings.
  • Published as "The Civil War Journal of Stephen Keyes Fletcher," contributed by Maxwell Keyes Fletcher, III, ed. by Perry McCandless. Indiana Magazine of History, LIV; 141-190, June 1958.

Gift. 1958


1862, July 30-1863, May 15 -  Diary of a Civil War Soldier of Anderson, Ind. in a letter to his brother, relating his service in Kentucky and Tennessee with the 75th regiment of Indiana infantry volunteers.

Autograph Letter 72 p. 21 cm.

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Gift. 1944-1945


1862, Aug. 6 -   Morton, Oliver Perry, 1823-1877, governor of Indiana. [Appointment of James M. Buchanan to the office of 2nd Lieutenant in the 12th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Militia].

Document Signed 1 p. 33 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.
  • Accompanied by Autograph Letter Signed from Nell (Buchanan) Matzke, niece of James M. Buchanan, to Governor Otis Bowen, May 1, 1979, presenting him with the document.

Gift. 1986


1862, Nov. 11-1863, Dec. 31 -   Wert, John William, 1843?-, soldier, clerk. [Civil War Diary].

Autograph Document Signed [158] pp. 14.5 cm.

  • In soft wallet-style binding.
  • In ink with occasional pen decorations.
  • Initialed on Nov. 25, 1863: J.W.W.
  • Wert was Regimental Clerk with 100th Ind. Regiment, Co. K.
  • Speaks frequently of sister Georgia.
  • In another hand, note that "Willie sent this Diary home by Lieu. Henry G. Collis" and that another was sent to him by mail, 1864, Jan. 15-19.
  • At end of diary, five bank entries.
  • Terrell's Report lists Wert's name as West: Vol 6, page 561.
  • Indiana Adjutant General's Records, Indiana State Archives, Indianapolis, enters the name as: Wert, Jno. W.
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Purchase. 1981


1862, Nov. 25-1864, Dec. 5 -   Rothert, C., fl. 1865, Aurora, Ind. Six bills of C. Rothert, Mrs. C. Rothert and Mrs. Rothert for merchandise.

Document 6 p. 10-25 cm.

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Gift. 1946-1947


1863, Jan. 1-Dec. 31 -   Brice, James G., soldier, Pocket diary, 1863.

Autograph Document Signed [134 p.] 17.5 cm.

  • In wallet style binding.
  • In ink.
  • Signed inside back cover: James G. Brice’s Book, Co. A, 13th Ind.
  • Vols.
  • At end of diary, notes loss of "diary from June 1861…the following are the principal dates and events…" Brice mustered in June 19, 1861 as private Mustered out July 1, 1864.
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Gift. 1988


1863, Apr. 1-1864, Mar. 25 -   Hunter, James Bradbridge, 1838?-, surgeon. Diary of an assistant surgeon of the 60th regiment, Indiana volunteers.

Autograph Document 96 p. 14 cm.

  • Contents: Diary, pp. 1-80; Accounts, pp. 81-96.

Purchase. 1957


1863, May 10 -   Royce, Edwin, fl. 1863, Huntington, Ind. To Dan Royce. He is in favor of slavery "You at home would be copy better to look after your own affairs than to have any interference [sic] with a foreign country for just as sure that you strike a lick you will rue the day and get the worse licking a country ever had."

Typed copy. 1 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1952


1863, July 5-1867, Feb. 25 -   Indiana Infantry. 117th regt., 1863-1864. Co. I. Record of issue of clothing, and other records kept by William Baxter Hughes, captain.

Autograph Document Signed 94 p. 39 cm.

Gift. 1960


1863, July 30 -   Porter, Attia, Corydon, Indiana. To John C. Andrews, Company C, 43rd regiment, Indiana volunteers, Helena, Arkansas. Morgan’s visit to Corydon and vicinity.

Autograph Letter Signed 5 p. 21 cm. photostat.

  • Positive Photostat of original in the possession of the Andrews family. Published in Indiana Magazine of History, LIV: 139-140, June 1958.

Gift. 1958


1863, Aug. 27 -   Deutsche Gegenseitige Feuer-Versicherunge-gesellschaft von Indiana. Fire insurance policy no. 158, issued to Miss Kathrina Rothert, Aurora, Ind.

Document Signed 4 p. 43 cm.

  • Signed by Adolph Seidensticker, pres.; Frederick Ritzinger, sec.; and M. Kempf, agent. Partly printed.

Gift. 1946-1947


1863, Sept. 9 -   Rollings, Robert E., 1841?-1864, farmer, soldier. [Provost] Guards, Chattanooga, Tennessee. To William E. Rollings. Tells his father about having to build breastworks at night "for when the Reebles sees us at work they shel us". Sends a ring to his sister Susan.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 34 cm.

  • Written in ink on a page from an account ledger.
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Gift. 1982


1863, Sept. 15 -   Indiana infantry. 18th regt., 1861-1865. Co. H. Muster roll of Capt. William Stanley Charles, Co. H., 18th regt., Indiana foot volunteers.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 53 x 78 cm. folio.

  • Signed: William M. Alexander, 2nd lieut.
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Gift. 1934


1863, Dec. - 1871 -   Dutton, Daniel B. Diary.

14.5 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1864 -   Hire, David. Diary.

15 cm.

  • Typescript included.

Source and date unknown.


1864 -   Pickerel, Jonathan. Diary.

14.5 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1864, Mar. 18-1865, July 16 -   Letter-book of circulars, general orders and special orders to the medical section of the 9th Indiana cavalry.

Document 15 p. 32 cm.

  • Contents:
  • Headquarters, Northern department, Medical director’s office, Columbus, Ohio, April 2, 1864, Circular no. 1;
  • War department, Adjutant general’s office, Washington, D.C., March 18, 1864, General orders, no. 107;
  • Headquarters, Northern department, Medical director’s office, Columbus, Ohio, May 2, 1864, Circular no. 129;
  • War department, Adjutant general’s office, Washington, D.C., March 30, 1864, General orders, no. 129;
  • Indianapolis, Ind., April 29, 1864, Special orders, [signed by] Napoleon Jackson Tecumseh Dana;
  • Indianapolis, Ind., April 29, 1864, Special orders no. 27 [signed by] Brig.-general Henry Beebee Carrington;
  • Headquarters, 9th Indiana cavalry, Pulaski, Tenn., June 2, 1864, General orders no. 8;
  • Christie, John M., asst. surgeon, 9th Indiana cavalry, Surgeons headquarters, 9th Indiana cavalry, Vicksburg, Miss., July 16, 1865. To Lieut. Col. Eli Lilly, commanding 9th Indiana cavalry.

Purchase. 1947


1864, Apr. 11-Aug. 29 -   Cox, Jabez Thomas, 1846-, lawyer, judge. Diary.

Autograph Document 156 p. 14 cm.

  • Printed with omissions in the Indiana Magazine of History, XXXVIII; 40-54, March 1932.

Gift. 1934


1864, Sept. 24-1865, July 1 -   Williams, Joshua W., 1824-1884, soldier. Civil War Diary.

Autograph Document Signed [30] leaves. 18 x 24 cm.

  • In ink.
  • Joshua W. Williams from Knox, Indiana, served as a private in the 58th Indiana Volunteers in Georgia and South Carolina under General William T. Sherman.
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Gift. 1969


1864, Sept. 27 -   Meriwether, J. B., fl. 1864, U.S. Provost marshall of Indiana. 2nd district. Draft notice to Ahi Leonard, ordering him to report at Jeffersonville, Ind. on Oct. 10, 1864.

Document Signed 1 p. 16 cm.

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Gift. 1914


1864, Nov. 2 -   Smith, Edward, fl. 1864, soldier. Burnside Barracks, Indianapolis, Ind. To William Wright. Refers to the 1864 election and corruption of polls in Indiana.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 23 cm.

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Purchase. 1961


1865 -   Jessup, L. B. History of the 24th Indiana during the Civil War.

140 p. 33.5 cm.

  • Typescript included.

Purchase. 2000.


1865, Jan. 1-July 11 -   Long, David S. Diary.

Autograph Document Signed 68 p. 22.2 cm.

  • In pencil.
  • Black wallet-style binding.
  • Covers last six-months of the war.
  • Long mustered in Aug. 16, 1862, as private.
  • Mustered out July 1, 1865, as corporal.
  • Several pages of expenses, accounts and fragments fill rest of volume.
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Purchase. 1997


1865, Mar. 10-July 2 -   Ferree, John C., 1839-, soldier. Civil War Diary as a member of Co. D., 29th Indiana Infantry while stationed at Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mar. 10-May 9, Dalton, Georgia, May 9-June 26, and during the process of being discharged.

Autograph Document Signed 47 p. 15 cm.

  • Contains also miscellaneous memoranda as late as December 6, 1868.

Gift. 1954


1865, Apr. 6 -   Johnson, Henry, soldier, Camp near Goldsboro, N.C. To Anthony Johnson. News of fall of Richmond and about the 87th regiment.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 22 cm. photostat.

Gift. 1962


1865, Apr. 17 -   Morgon, Will H., soldier, medicine salesman. Near Hanover, Jefferson Co., Ind. To "Dear Ma". Comments on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the succession of Andrew Johnson to the presidency, his success as a medicine salesman, and his escorting "Miss Smith" to church.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 pp. 25 cm.

  • Morgan’s first name derived from his n.d. letter in Indiana History mss.
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Purchase. 1981


1865, May 3 -   Wilson, James, 1825-1867, Congressman. Quartermaster’s dept., U.S.A., Indianapolis, Ind. Ordering the officer commanding Co. H., 18th regiment, Indiana volunteers, to charge John H. Back, private, $3.71 for his transportation from Indianapolis to Columbus, Ohio.

Document Signed, 5 items, 1 p. 20 cm.

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Gift. 1934


1865, Nov. 18-1880, Aug. 28 -   Teacher’s licenses issued to James Dillard Yager in Morgan County, Indiana, November 18, 1865, August 17, 1867, September 23, 1871, August 24, 1878, August 28, 1880.

5 Documents Signed 5 p. 22 – 29 cm. 5 items.

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Gift. 1956


1868, May -   Milligan, Lambdin P., 1812-1899, lawyer, complaint. Lambdin P. Milligan vs. James R. Slack and others in the Court of Common Pleas, Huntington County, Ind.

Document 44 p. 32 cm.

Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1869, Jan. 12 -   Phelps, Abraham M., 1798-, merchant. Newburgh, Ind. To John B. Handy. Reminding him "of the necessity of legislative action in reference to the Academy property."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Signed: J. E. Bates for A. M. Phelps.
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Gift. 1951


1876, Apr. 6-1877, Jan. 10 -   Vinnedge, Samuel J., fl. 1877, dealer in lumber. Letter copybook leaves of lumber business in Kokomo, Ind.

Autograph Letter Signed, 9 items, (copies) pp. 7, 10-18, 20-21, 23-29, 31-37, 40-42, 45-46, 48-50, 52, 55. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by Autograph Letter Signed, Sept. 4, 1876. (1 p. 24 cm).
  • 8 miscellaneous financial memoranda. (15-21 cm).
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Gift. 1960


1876, Dec. 5 -   Fretageot, A. H. to Hough, Daniel. Regarding works published at New Harmony, Ind.

1 ms. Autograph Letter Signed. 21.5 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1876-1885 -   Gondring, John, 1829-1916, justice of the peace, businessman. Docket No. One [for Westchester Township, Porter County, Bound Indiana].

Autograph Document Signed [233] pp. 34 cm. bound.

  • Inscribed: John Gondring, J. P., Chesterton, Ind., 1876.
  • In several hands.
  • Index of cases.
  • First entry for cases, 1878, Dec. 21 (page 1) and last entry, 1885, Aug. 28 (page 218).
  • Marriages: 1877, Mar. 11-1883, Oct. 12 (pages 208-210).
  • Inventories of effects: pages 75, 87-88, 94-95.
  • Occasional receipts mounted in volume.
  • Laid in volume: Power of attorney to Gondring by Bridget A. O’Connor, 1885, Sept. 21.

Gift. 1981


1878, Jan. 1-1891, June 28 -   Lockyear [family], near Evansville, Indiana. Diary.

Autograph Document 3 vols. 32.2 cm.

  • Writer undetermined; apparently a daughter of Theresa and William Henry Lockyear.
  • Preliminary pages of vol. 1 contain accounts, 1829-1835.

Gift. 1985


1878 -   Waterman, Luther Dana, 1830-1918, physician. Phantoms of life: verse, by Aplin Dana (Luther Dana Waterman.) Indianapolis, Ind., 1878. Printed (abridged) in 1883. G.P. Putnam’s sons, N.Y. for the Author.

Autograph Document Signed 317 p. [i.e. 314 p.] 19 cm.

  • Printed version: Luther Dana Waterman, Phantoms of life. N.Y., Putnam, 1883.

Gift. 1949


1880-1897 -   Banta, David Demaree, 1833-1896, dean Indiana University law school. Manuscripts decisions. Preserved for the private use of the writer.

Autograph Document 514 p. 14 x 23 cm.

  • Bound in brown-beige leather.
  • In black and blue ink on white paper.
  • On the title page is the embossed stamp of the Indiana University Library.
  • Verso of title page is accession no. 23807.
  • Library records show accession date as Jan. 5, 1897.
  • Laid in is a postcard to D. D. Banta from John M. Godown, secretary, of Indianapolis, dated Sept. 10, 1880.

Found in the Law School Library. 1969


1881 -   DePauw university, Greencastle, Ind. Board of trustees. Resolution on the death of Henry Smith Lane.

Autograph Document Signed, 2 items, 2 p. 32 cm. xerox copies.

  • Accompanied by: Lane, Mrs. Joanna M. (Elston), (Mrs. Henry Smith Lane) To James C. Yohn and others, Crawfordsville, Ind., July 29, 1881. Thanks them for above resolution and corrects biographical error. (Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 19 cm.)

Gift. 1963


1882, July 20 -   Jenckes, Joseph Sherburn, 1804-1888, lawyer. Terre Haute, Ind. To Theophilus Adam Wylie, Bloomington, Indiana. Requests that his son, Joseph Shelburne Jenckes, Jr., be awarded honorary D.D.

Autograph Postcards. 1 p. 13 cm.

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Gift. 1961


1883, Feb. 23 -   Fletcher, William Baldwin, 1837-1907, physician. Indianapolis, Ind. To Valette Miller, Indianapolis, Ind. Thanking her for some roses.

Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1956


1883, Apr. 2-1888, Mar. 7 -   Gray, Joseph, 1830-, farmer of Cass County, Indiana. Time book for farm labor.

Autograph Document, 6 items, 14 p., 179 p. 30 cm.

  • Pp. 75-78, 115-118, 143-148, 161-164, 167-178 missing.
  • Parts of Pp. 1-2 and 5-6 of the preliminary paging and Pp. 27-28 and 33-34 of the main paging missing.
  • Bills and receipts and one lease of land laid in.

Gift. Source and date unknown


1885, Jan. 10 -   Cobb, Thomas Reed, 1828-1892, congressman. Washington, D.C. To Henry Davis. "Bill passed the House … to place you on the pension roll."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

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Gift. 1965


1885, Jan. 15 -   Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. To Henry Davis, Bedford, Indiana. "Will use my best endeavors to have your [pension] bill reported favorable."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1965


1885, Jan. 17 -   Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. To Henry Davis, Bedford, Indiana. "I will request the Committee of Pensions to delay action on your application."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 21 cm.

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Gift. 1965


1885, Feb. 17 -   Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. To Henry Davis, Bedford, Indiana. "Your pension begins on the date of the signing of the bill."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1965


1885, Mar. 6 -   Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. To Henry Davis, Bedford, Indiana. "You will be notified … by a certificate from the Pension Office that your claim has been allowed."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

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Gift. 1965


1886, May 18 -   Herndon, William Henry, 1818-1891, law partner of Abraham Lincoln. History of this book.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 16 cm.

  • Reproduced in Rufus Rockwell Wilson, What Lincoln Read , Washington, D.C., Pioneer Publishing Company, 1932, opposite page 36 (Lilly ?).
  • The book referred to is The Revised laws of Indiana , 1824, belonging to David Turnham and read by Abraham Lincoln. Accompanied by letters with envelopes of G. W. Turnham, Evansville, Indiana, to William Henry Townsend, 1890-1964, lawyer, dated 1923, Apr. 21 and May 10, the latter enclosing the facsimile of a letter of Abraham Lincoln to David Turnham, Oct. 23, 1860.
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Removed from The Revised laws of Indiana…Corydon, Printed by Carpenter and Douglass, 1824 (Lilly KFI3030.A2 1824 Vault 1). 1975


1886, June 7  Indiana Univ. Preparatory Dept. Honor Scholarship to Grant Teel [image]View item(s)

Issued to Teel as second-best student of the class of 1886. Printed document, filled in and signed by the Principal James K. Beck, President David S. Jordan, Assistant President James A. Woodburn, and Secretary William W. Spangler. Has embossed seal of Indiana University.

Gift. 1989.


1886, Sept. 6 -   Columbus, Hope & Greensburg Railroad. Plat of proposed extension on east side of Columbus, Indiana.

Autograph Document 74 x 209 cm.

  • In blue, black, and red ink.
  • Shelved on Level 2.
  • Map Case.

Gift. 1968


1886, Oct. 26 -   Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901, pres. U.S. Indianapolis, Ind. To "My dear Sir". "We need your active earnest co-operation in the campaign. If the infamous attempt to disfranchise the non-Democratic voters of the state is ever to be defeated it must be done this year.”

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • On United States Senate letterhead.
  • Appears to be a facsimile.
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Gift. 1994


1886 -   Kellogg, Miner Kilbourne, 1814-1889, artist. Brief notes for an autobiography.

Xerox copy of Autograph Document Signed 67 p. 28 cm.

  • The last two lines of page 15 through page 40 except for the last two line of page 40 were printed with slight variations in the Indiana Magazine of History, LXIV, pp. 45-64, 1968.

Original in the Indiana Historical Society Library, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gift. 1968


1889 -   TenBrook, Andrew, 1810-1889, Indiana Legislature, farmer. Autobiography.

Xerox copy of Autograph Document 33 p. 36 cm.

  • In the hand of Cora TenBrook, Andrew’s daughter. Account dictated by her father.
  • Printed with slight variations in the Indiana Magazine of History, LXI, pp. 9-30, March, 1965.

The original document is in the John T. Campbell Papers, Indiana Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gift. 1968


1890, Mar. 16 -   Lieber, Carl, fl. 1890, Discourse on William Dale Owen’s immigration bill, delivered at the Soziale Turnverein, Indianapolis, Ind.

Autograph Document 10 p. 23 cm.

  • In German script.
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Gift. 1946-1947


1890 -   Wylie, Theophilus Adam, 1810-1895, educator. Note concerning qualifications of Professor Joseph P. Naylor.

Autograph Document 1 p. 17 cm.

  • Inscribed on envelope addressed to T. A. Wylie and postmarked Jan. 9, 1890.
  • Published with slight variation in Wylie, Indiana University, its history …. Indianapolis 1890 (Lilly LD2518.W98) pages 163-4.
  • Removed from Abraham Ortelius, Theatri Orbis Terrarvm Parergon.

Antverpiae, ex Officina Plantiniana, 1624 (Lilly G1006.P228 1624). 1981


1894 -   Wylie, Theophilus Adam, 1810-1895, educator.Notes and comments analyzing Theatri Orbis Terrarvm Parergon by Abraham Ortelius.

Autograph Document 5 leaves. 31-26.5 cm.

  • In pen and pencil on lined paper.
  • Volume inscribed: T. A. Wylie 1894

Removed from Ortelius, Theatri Orbis Terrarvm Parergon. Antverpiae, ex Officina Plantiniana, 1624 (Lilly G1006.P228 1624). 1981


1894, Sept. 14  To Mrs. Clem Cook [image]View item(s)

A Western Union Telegraph with envelope sent to Dayton, Ohio, with the message: "Baring Me, Father died today telegraph me Fort Wayne if you will come. Dan"

Gift. 2005.


1895, June 19 -   Winsor, Abner, 1812?-, pioneer of Steuben County, Ind. Personal recollections of early days in Steuben County, Ind.

Typed Document 5 p. 28 cm.

  • Typescript prepared by Loretta Sanders, County Auditor, Steuben County, Ind., Angola, Ind.

Gift. 1954


1895, June 25 -   Macy, Albert William, 1853-, author. Western Springs, Ill.To Dr. Jarvis J. Johnson. Comments on his article about the burial of Watson Brown which was reprinted in Sunday’s Indianapolis Journal. "Is it about accurate?"

Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 20.5 cm.

  • Appended is an undated reply from Jarvis J. Johnson who would rather that Macy had said: "Martinsville [is] a beautiful little city of ca 4000 pop nestling at the base of White river hills having the best medicinal waters in America."
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Removed from the Lilly Correspondence, Lilly Library, Indiana University. 1978


1895, Oct. 9 -   Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957, book designer. Caledonia Cottage, Brookline, To Joseph William Piercy, 117 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, Ind. Offers congratulations on the "notice of the recent increase of population in Indianapolis".

Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 15.5 cm.

  • Accompanied by envelope.
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Gift. 1983


1895-1898 -   McCulloch, Susan Maria (Man), 1818-1898. Recollections.

Xerox copy of Typed Document [72] pp. 33 cm.

  • Prepared between 1895 and 1898.
  • Second generation xerox copy of xerox of original document.

Originally located in Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society which secured it from Vernon Hiscox, heir to John Ross McCulloch, grandson of Hugh and Susan Maria (Man) McCulloch.

Gift. 1981


1896, Sept. 12  Indiana infantry 26th regiment satin ribbon for reunion of the 26th Regt. of the Indiana Volunteers, 1861-1866, at Indianapolis

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Satin ribbon accompanied by clipping of poem entitled "Song" of five, four-line stanzas beginning: "Oh, my love has an eye of the softest blue."

Removed from Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana (W.H. Terrell), in 8 vols. Indianapolis, 1865. (Lilly E506.2 .I39 1865).


1898-1932 -   Swearingen, Grace. Scrapbook of newspaper and magazine clippings, pictures, stamps, etc. of the Spanish-American War, World War I, and miscellaneous other subjects.

Document 102 p. 36 1/2 cm.

Gift. 1960


1899, Jan. 9 -   McGinnis, Horace, Martinsburg, Indiana. To Willard Voylis, Salem, Indiana. Origin of word "Hoosier".

Autograph Letter Signed, 5 items, 5 p. 20 cm.

  • Accompanied by:
  • 1) Henry Jordan, Memorandum of an interview with Soloman Wynn at Corydon, Indiana September 1899. (Autograph Document 9 p. 26 cm).
  • 2) "The Name Hoosier". n.d. (Autograph Document 1 p. 18 cm.)
  • 3) Report of Aaron Wood's account of the derivation of the word "Hoosier". n.d. (Autograph Document 1 p. 18 cm.)
  • 4) Account of the newspaper named Hoosier and its editor John Wilson Osburn. n.d. (Autograph Document 3 p. 18 cm).
  • 5) Eleven mounted newspaper clippings on the word "Hoosier".

Purchase. 1915


1901, May 16-June 10 -   Nicholson, Meredith, 1866-1947, author. Denver, Colorado, and Indianapolis, Indiana. To Mrs. Eugenie C. (Kountze); His activities.

6 Autograph Letters Signed, 6 items, 30 p. 16-18 cm.

  • Signed: M. N.
  • Letters of May 16, 20, 31; June 6 and 10, 1901 from Denver; undated letter from Indianapolis, Ind.
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Gift. Source unknown. 1959


1903, Jan. 31 -   Royal Templars of Temperance. Insurance policy of Laura Phillips, member of Terre Haute Council No. 2 of Indiana.

Document Signed 2 p. 46 cm. folio.

Purchase. 1952


1905, Nov. 21 -   Smith, Hubbard Madison, 1820-1907, physician. 523 Main Street, Vincennes, Indiana. To Mrs. Theresa Voss Smith, Indianapolis, Ind. Sending a book of poems in which he hopes she will find "some sentiments and expressions responsive" to her own.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

  • Found by the donor in a copy of Smith’s At Midnight and Other Poems of which Lilly Library also has a copy (Lilly PS3537.M48 A7)
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Gift. 1983


1907, June 5 -   , William, 1866-1937, secretary to Pres. Theodore Roosevelt. The White House, Washington, D.C. To Addison Clay Harris, Fletcher’s Bank Building, Indianapolis, Ind. On behalf of President thanks him for book.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

  • Mounted on inside of front cover of Lilly Library copy of Branson L. Harris' Some recollections of my boyhood … Indianapolis, The Hollenbeck press, 1907

Gift. 1961

(Lilly Library F526.H33)


1908 -   Steele, Theodore Clement, 1847-1926, artist. [Herman Lieber and His Influence upon the Art Development of Indianapolis].

Document 12 p. 21 cm.

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Gift. 1946-1947


1909, Feb. 19 -   Alexander, Mrs. Nellie (Sluss), fl. 1909. Paper read by Mrs. Nellie Sluss Alexander, February 19, 1909, presenting a Mexican War flag to the Monroe County Historical Society.

Autograph Document 2 p. 28 cm.

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A copy is filed with the flag in the Lincoln cupboard rare book department, Lilly Library. The flag was deposited in the Indiana University Library by the Monroe County Historical Society, February 6, 1934.

The society made it a gift to the Library on May 7, 1948.


1909 -  Turkey. Passport issued to John P. Leyendecker, fl. 1909, lawyer. Indianapolis, Ind.

Document 1 p. 36 cm. folio.

Gift. Transferred from the Main Library. 1934-1936


1910, Mar. 9 -   Korbly, Charles Alexander, 1871-1937, congressman. Washington, D.C. To W. C. Engle, Indianapolis, Indiana. "Yours…in re the Telepost Bill received and contents noted…I am glad to have heard from you, and…I shall give this matter my very earnest consideration."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

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Gift. 1963


1910, Mar. 12 -   Cox, William Elijah, 1861-1942, congressman. Washington, D.C. To Frederick Pierce Leonard, Mt. Vernon, Indiana. "I will give the bill you write of careful consideration and if found in the interest of the masses you can rest assured I will support it." [image]View item(s)

Gift. 1963


1910, Mar. 12 -   Cullop, William Allen, 1853-1927, congressman. Washington, D.C. To Frederick Pierce Leonard, Mt. Vernon, Indiana. "I am in receipt of your letter and will give the matter about which you write prompt attention."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

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Gift. 1963


1910, Mar. 22 -   Korbly, Charles Alexander, 1871-1927, congressman. Washington, D.C. To L. E. Dixon, Indianapolis, Indiana. "In the matter of the Telepost Bill…I wish to say that I shall give the same my support."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

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Gift. 1963


1911, July 20-1912, Sept. 23 -   Woodburn, James Gelston, 1894-1980, professor. My Trip Abroad.

Autograph Document Signed [423] pp. 22 cm.

  • Contents: Pages 1-364, journal in the form of letters sent to his father, James Albert Woodburn in Bloomington, Indiana, recording a stay in Germany for a year’s schooling at Tilly Institut in Berlin and at Mochmann’s Schull and Richard’s School in Dresden, during which time his mother, Caroline Louise (Gelston) Woodburn and his sister Janet lived at Dresden, and the return home through London with his father; pages 365-416, account of a summer’s tour of Germany, Austria, Switzerland with his family, July 7-Aug. 11, 1912, by James Albert Woodburn, 1856-1943, historian, in the form of letters home to his sister Anna.
  • Accompanied by:
    • 1) presentation note from J. A. Woodburn to J. G. Woodburn, 1911, July 20 and 21;
    • 2) title page;
    • 3) log of the ship Menominee "outward bound" (the return voyage was on the Minnehaha);
    • 4) letter of James Albert Woodburn to James Gelston Woodburn, regarding his diary, his school in Berlin, and Bloomington as the center of population, signed "Papa," Sept. 5, 1911. (Autograph Letter Signed 6 pp. 21.5 cm);
    • 5) clipping regarding The Journal-Letter Home, Sept. 7, 1911, from Youth's Companion;
    • 6) three typed notes for pages 46, 54, 82, dated 2-28-55.

Gift. 1981


1911, Oct. 31 -   Young Men's Christian Association of the State of Indiana. Subscription book.

Autograph Document [23] pp. 12 cm. bound.

  • Bound in maroon leather with organization’s name in gold
  • Contains names of subscribers, including those of L. S. Ayres & Co., C. B. Coleman, C. W. Fairbanks, J. K. Lilly, W. C. Marmon, David Ross, and W. N. Wishard, from several cities in the state for sums ranging from ten to one hundred dollars.
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Transferred from the files of Baker, Hord, and Hendricks mss. Small cases. Y.M.C.A. 1977


1911, Dec. 14 -   Nicholson, Meredith, 1866-1947, author. Indianapolis, Indiana. To Miss Eitel. "The sensation of having anybody invest in a volume of my jingles is a rare one."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 17 cm.

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Removed from Nicholson’s Poems…Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1906 (Lilly PR3527.I35 A17 Copy 1) 1964


1912, Mar. 18 -   McCarthy, J. F., electro construction Co., electrical contractors, Arcade building, Philadephia, Pa. To the Hon. Rufus Magee, Daytona, Florida. Sending him a copy of Elbert Hubbard's John B. Stetson Aurora, N.Y., 1911

Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1951


1912-1915 -   Blumberg, Benjamin, 1889-1971, lawyer, financier, civic leader. Terre Haute, Indiana. Wills.

Autograph Document Signed [149] pp. 20.5 cm. bound.

  • Reading notes concerning wills and legal provisions therefore, 1/2/12-3/17/12.
  • Many notes on thin paper bound in.
  • Pencil sketch of head on last page.
  • Inscription dated: Jan. 13, 1915.
  • On spine: Wills, and fragment of name…erg.
  • Blumberg, born in Terre Haute, graduated from University of Chicago Law School in 1913 and practiced law in Terre Haute from 1913-1920.

Gift. 1984


1913, Sept. 10-Dec. 6 -   Biographical sketches of some prominent men living in Monroe and Lawrence Counties, Indiana.

Typed Document 368 p. 36 cm.

  • With biographical revisions.
  • 100 sketches alphabetically arranged.
  • Most of the sketches carry the signatures of the biographees on verso of last page.
  • Printed in: History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana, Their People, Industries and Institutions …Indianapolis, Ind., Bowen, 1914. pp. 461-764.

Gift. Transferred from the Main Library. 1937


1913 -   Farmers and mechanics' bank of Indiana, Madison. Articles of association, from manuscript copy of original found in bound volume of Madison Indiana Republican.

Document 12 pp. 28 cm. copy.

  • Typewritten copy.
  • Note at end: "Copied from the original manuscript thought to be in the handwriting of John Paul and now in the possession of Miss Drusilla Cravens of Madison Indiana. by Laura Esarey Jan. 8, 1913. The manuscript was neither signed nor dated."

Transferred from the Main Library. 1919


1914, June 6 -   Duss, John Samuel, 1860-1951, author. George Rapp and his associates (The Harmony Society). Address delivered…at the Centennial celebration at New Harmony, Indiana.

Typed Document (carbon) 68 p. 23 cm.

  • Published in Indianapolis, 1914 (Lilly HX656.H2 D76).
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From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1914, Nov. 9 -   Hays, William Harrison, 1879-1954, lawyer, politician. Indianapolis, Indiana. To Logan Esarey, Bloomington, Indiana. Enclosing copies of such few publications of the Indiana Republican state committee issued during the campaign as are still on hand.

Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Enclosures lacking.
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Gift. 1942


1915, Dec. 12 -   Emerson, Frances E., Comp. Revolutionary soldiers buried in Indiana: [alphabetical biographical list, A-P].

Typed Document 26 p. 22-28 cm.

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Gift. 1952


1916, Jan. 24 -   Harrell, Mrs. Sarah (Carmichael), (Mrs. Samuel S. Harrell, 1844-1929, Jan. 24 teacher, writer. Brookville, Ind.) To Logan Esarey. Concerns a paper she wrote on Mary Louise Chitwood in 1912.

Autograph Letter Signed 6 p. 21 cm.

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Gift. 1952


1916 -   Lilly, Josiah Kirby, Jr., 1893-1966, corporation executive. Report on the Subject of Employment.

Carbon on Typed Document [156] pp. 28 cm.

  • Cover letter to Charles Jackson Flynn, 1874-1958, drug executive, dated Oct. 7, 1916, signed by J. K. Lilly, Jr., in pencil.
  • Report made for the purpose of establishing an Employment Dept. for Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Assisted by Dr. William Franklin Baker, 1883-1927, for the "medical side of Employment."
  • Includes names of persons, companies, and agencies which provided information, bibliography, and forms used for data.
  • Accompanied by xerox copy of two 3 x 5 cards, 1 p., 28 cm., which bear a quotation by J. K. Lilly, Sr., and J. K. Lilly, Jr. on the value of employees to a company.
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Gift. 1983


1917, Feb. 26 -   Poucher, John., fl., 1917, clergyman. A religious survey of Orleans, Indiana: compilation of figures showing the sphere of the churches…

Typed Document 6 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by a letter from John Poucher, Orleans, Indiana To Logan Esarey, Bloomington, Indiana, Feb. 26, 1917. (T.L.S. 1 p. 15cm).
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Gift. 1952


1917, June 13 -   Allen, C. T., lawyer. Waller Taylor: [a biographical sketch]

Typed Document 3 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by a letter from C. T. Allen, Kenbridge, Va. To "My Dear Sir;" June 13, 1917. (Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 14 cm.)
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Gift. 1952


1919, Mar. 28 -   Edna. Mooreville, Indiana. To Albert William Macy, 1750 Monadnock Building, Chicago, Ill. News of Roy and Pauline. "I bought this card of Old Jap Himself. He has a store in Brooklyn."

Autograph Postcard Signed 9 cm.

  • Verso of postcard pictures Jap Miller & Mr. Tug.
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Removed from Lilly Correspondence, Lilly Library, Indiana University. 1978


1919, Nov. 1 -   Indiana State Teachers’ Association. William Taylor Scott, 1836-1918, in memoriam.

Typed Document 3 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1952


1920, Sept. 17 -   Pleasant, Hazen Hayes, teacher. Maps of Crawford County, Ind., and a list of men who bought farms in Crawford County before 1818.

Autograph Document 8 p., including 5 maps. 28 cm.

  • Prepared for his "A History of Crawford County," M.A. thesis, Indiana University, 1920.
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Gift. 1952


1921, Dec. 6-1922, May 21 -   Forty-two notes, papers and letters to Doyne Trout Koonce in answer to a request from her for information relating to the normal school movement in Indiana, for use in her master’s essay on that subject, submitted to Indiana University in 1922.

Document 68 p. 14-35 cm.

  • Some of the letters are addressed to Logan Esarey.
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Gift. Source and date unknown.


1921 -   Blythe, Arthur Raymond. Life of Jonathan Jennings.

Document 92 p. 28 cm.

  • Submitted as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master's degree in the Department of History at Indiana University, 1921. Rough typewritten draft with hand revisions. No pages numbered 16-20, 28-31, 36-39, 42-48, 50-51, 60-63, 67-77, 80-83, 85-94, 96-100, 102, 104, 106-107, 110-126, 129-130, 143.
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Gift. Source and date unknown.


1922, Mar. 27-Apr. 14 -   Nocktonick, Joseph, fl., 1922. Mayetta, Kansas. To James W. Lester, Gary, Ind. Gives data on various copy made from the original letters in the possession of Joseph Nocktonick, Mayetta, Kansas. Potawatomi Indians.

Typed Letter, 2 items, 5 p. 28-33 cm.

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Gift. 1952


1922, June 18 -   Account of ceremonies at the unveiling of a tablet at the grave of Thomas Montgomery, ("Purty Old Tom Montgomery"), Gibson County, Ind., June 18, 1922.

Autograph & Typed Document 52 pp. 10-28 cm.

  • Contains speeches: 1) Zack T. Emerson, of Cynthiana, Ind. "The revolutionary soldier", pp. 21-27; 2) Mrs. Lewra (Montgomery) Simpson, "Purty Old Tom Montgomery", pp. 35-39.
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Gift. 1952


1922, Oct. 18 -   Pauley, Edna E., fl. 1922. Pledge of loyalty, Queens of the Golden Mask.

Facsimile of Document Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Partly printed.
  • Restricted.

Gift. 1965


1923, Sept. 27 -   Stempfel, Theodore, 1863-1935, banker. To William Dudley Foulke, Richmond, Indiana. Refers to Foulke’s Hoosier Autobiography and comments on the politics of World War I and the war work of the Quakers.

Typed Carbon Letter 3 p. 28 cm.

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Removed from William Dudley Foulke’s A Hoosier Autobiography. New York, Oxford University Press, 1922. (Lilly E664.F75 H7). 1966


1923, Oct. 2 -   Foulke, William Dudley, 1848-1935, author. Richmond, Indiana. To Theodore Stempfel, Indianapolis, Indiana. Comments on condition of civil services and activities of the Ku Klux Klan.

Typed Letter Signed 3 p. 28 cm.

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Removed from Foulke's A Hoosier Autobiography. New York, Oxford University Press, 1922. (Lilly E664.F75 H7) 1966


1924, Jan. 15 -   Ray, Frederick Lucien, 1867-, mechanical engineer. Ray genealogy.

Document 1 p. 34 x 52 cm. folio copy.

  • Photographic reproduction. Covering letter: Frederick Lucien Ray, Anderson, Ind. Apr. 5, 1924. To Logan Esarey, Bloomington, Ind. (Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm).

Gift. Source and date unknown.


1924, Apr. 10 -   Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966, klansman. To "Dear Sir." Is of the opinion that Ed Jackson would make a "real Governor of Indiana."

Copy of Typed Letter 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Restricted

Gift. 1965


1924, Apr. 15 -   Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966, klansman. D. C. Stephenson, 304-5 Kresge Bldg., Indianapolis, Indiana. To "Dear Sir." Pleads for the nomination of Ed. Jackson for governor in the primary.

Typed Letter 1 p. 28 cm. copy.

Gift. 1965


1924, Aug. 6 -   Lloyd’s of London. All risks jewellery policy issued to Isaac and Ella Steiner, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Document 4 p. 41 cm. folio.

Gift. 1953


1924, Oct. 20 -   Bossert, Walter F., klansman. To Officials…of the Ku Klux Klan in…Indiana. Deals with the propaganda waged against the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana.

Copy of Typed Document 4 p. 36 cm.

  • Restricted

Gift. 1965


1924, Oct.-1933, Apr. -  Monthly summaries of state funds: state of Indiana.

Autograph Document pp. 8-29, 40 x 47 cm.

  • Cover title: Monthly summaries of state funds. State of Indiana, 1922.
  • Bound.

Gift. 1952


1924 -   Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966, klansman. To "the Faithful Sons of Hoosierdom." "The Old Man's Answer to the Hate Venders."

Typed Letter 2 p. 36 cm. copy.

  • Restricted

Gift. 1965


1925, Mar. 7 -   Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966, klansman. D. C. Stephenson, 304-5 Kresge Bldg., Indianapolis, Indiana. To David M. Hoover, Elkhart, Indiana. Hopes that Hoover will back a vigorous man for mayor in all towns and cities and win more honors for the Republican party.

Copy of Typed Letter 3 p. 36 cm.

  • Accompanied by Hoover letter to Stephenson, Mar. 10, 1925. Indiana History mss.

Gift. 1965


1925, Mar. 10 -   Hoover, David M., fl. 1925, lawyer. Law Office of David M. Hoover 309-310 Haynes Bldg., Elkhart, Indiana. To David Curtis Stephenson, 304-5 Kresge Building, Indianapolis, Indiana. Fails to find Stephenson’s name connected with the Republican party and advises him to withdraw his "steadying" hand from the state of Indiana.

Copy of Typed Letter 3 p. 36 cm.

  • Appended to Stephenson letter to Hoover, Mar. 7, 1925. Indiana History mss.

Gift. 1965


1925, Dec. 17  Hale, Will Taliaferro. To Truesdell, Frances Adrienne (Schmedel). [image]View item(s)

Letter of Will T. Hale of Indiana University to Miss Schmedel thanking her for a gift, beginning: "It was certainly very kind of you to give me such an interesting Christmas present."

Gift. 1982.


1925 -   Hogston, Alfred. Local officers of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1925.

Typed Document [carbon] 36 p. 33 cm.

  • Restricted
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Gift. 1965


1927, May 9 -   Steele, Selma Neubacher, 1870-1945, educator. "House of the Singing Winds." To Paul Emerson Hamilton, 519 South Park Ave., Bloomington, Indiana. Welcomes the Cosmopolitan Club to visit the Studio Home and to have a picnic lunch on the grounds.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20.2 cm.

  • Accompanied by:
  • 1) envelope with the return address of Mrs. T. C. Steele, R. 6, Bloomington;
  • 2) unsigned copy in ink of Hamilton’s letter to Mrs. Steele, May 1, 1927, accepting an invitation to visit the Studio, 28 cm.
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Gift. 1980


1927, Nov. 6 -   Nicholson, Meredith, 1866-1947, author. Golden Hill, Indianapolis, Indiana. To Margaret M. Scott. Will not speak at Christmas symposium; her writing.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 17 cm.

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Removed from Nicholson’s Poems … Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, c. 1906 (Lilly PR3527.I35 A17 copy 1) 1964


1927, Nov. 27 -   Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966, klansman. To Robert H. Moore, Michigan City, Indiana. "Please come out to see me."

Facsimile of an Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1965


1928, May 25 -   Gresham, Otto, 1859-1946, lawyer, "In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread:" address prepared for the dedication of Michael Crawford Kerr’s monument,

Typed Document 35 p. 28 cm. copy.

  • Accompanied by photography of Michael Crawford Kerr and of newspaper clipping in the New Albany, Ind., Public Library entitled "Michael C. Kerr."
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Gift. 1951


1929, Jan. 2 -   Polley, Frederick, 1875-, artist. New Orleans, La. To Mrs. Robert Elisha Burke, Bloomington, Ind. Tour of south; thanks her for invitation to visit Bloomington.

Letter Signed 2 p. 18 cm.

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Gift. 1952


1929, Jan. 10 -   Salsbury, Elisa D., Indiana’s Common School Fund.

Typed Document 35 p. 33 cm.

  • Accompanied by carbon copy of covering letter from Elias D. Salesbury, to Roy P. Wisehart, state superintendent of public instruction, State House, Indianapolis, Ind. (3 p. 28 cm).
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Gift. 1951


1930 -   Feightner, Harold C., 1892-1969, executive, Stephenson case in brief. Deals with the murder of Madge Oberholtzer by David Curtis Stephenson.

Typed Document 15 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1965


1931, May 19 -   Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Eastern Traction Co. Statistical data, prepared for Elmer W. Stout, receiver, by John O. Ryrholm, statistician. Covers Terre Haute, Indianapolis, and Eastern Traction Co., Terre Haute Traction and Light Co., and the following companies formerly operated under lease: Indianapolis & Northwestern Traction Co. (Northwestern division), Indianapolis & Martinsville Rapid Transit Co. (Martinsville division), and Indianapolis, Crawfordsville & Danville Electric Railway Co. (Crawfordsville division).

Typewritten. 16 p. 28 cm. map.

  • With this are 2 vols of photographs. 25cm.
  • Contents:
    • [v. 1], Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Eastern Traction Co. (Brazil division, Danville division, and Eastern division).
    • [v. 2], Terre Haute Traction and Light Co., Indianapolis and Northwestern Traction Co., Indianapolis, Crawfordsville and Danville Electric Railway Co., Indianapolis and Martinsville Rapid Transit Co.

Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


1931, June 27 -   Elmore, James Buchanan, 1857-1942, poet. Our life goes out as a shadow withdrawn.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 27 cm.

  • Signed "James B. Elmore, June 27, 1931 This is one of my latest poems …"
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Gift. Source unknown. 1934


1931 -   Marion County, Ind.: Tables of County expenditures, 1926-1931, and appropriations, 1931-1932.

Typed Document [4], 19 p. 34 x 38 cm.

  • Cover title: Marion County, 1931. Mr. Miesse.

Gift. 1952


1932, May 10-14 -   Green, James Albert, 1862-1955, civic leader. May 10-14, 1932, from Cincinnati to Chicago and return, via Peru, Terre Haute, Nashville, Indiana and Madison.

Carbon of Typed Document Signed 33 p. 23 cm.

  • Autograph note on title page: "Presented to my friend, Arthur G. Mitten, by the author, James A. Green." Presented to Indiana University Library by Richard E. Banta, bookseller and publisher, Crawfordsville, Ind. 1946-1947

1932-1935 -   Sparks, William Tennis, 1849-1938, teacher. [Autobiography]

Autograph Document 5 vols. 24 cm.

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  • Paper covers.
  • Prenumbered pages 1-200 in each vol.
  • Volumes numbered in pencil (vol. 1) and in ink (vols. 2-5).
  • Written in ink in printed style.
  • Vol. 1 has two notes laid in between 50-51 and 52-53 about family genealogy, and a "Map of my boyhood neighborhood" [Rush County, Ind.] between 60-61, (27 x 16 cm).
  • Vol. 2 has a note laid in between 82-83 about the 18th amendment.
  • Vol. 3 & 4 quote from a Journal of a trip to the Black Hills, 1923, Sept. 2-Oct. 25; 3: 188-200 and 4: 1-84.
  • Vol. 5 contains information about the writing of the Autobiography on 79-80, 152, 156 and 180. Last date recorded is 1935, Aug. 2, 200.
  • The beginning of the writing of the Autobiography is referred to in vol. 1, pp. 12, 28 (Dec. 1932) and 60.
  • Other references of interest are:
    • Thomas Taggart, 1: 40;
    • Morgan’s Raid in 1863, 1: 90-93;
    • passenger pigeons, 1: 199-200, 2: 1-2;
    • General Lafayette, 2: 86;
    • rail splitting, 2: 126-7;
    • memories of the Civil War, vol. 2;
    • and throughout frequent mention of books and literary interests, gardening, political rallies and elections.
  • Accompanied by negative microfilm of the 5 vols. on 3 reels, and by negative Photostats of vol. 1, pp. 92-93, 178-179, and the "Map of my boyhood neighborhood", accessioned on 1956, Oct. 19.

Gift. 1970

Vol. 2 also has a biographical account of Uncle Johnny Walker, 1794-1878, drover, on pp. 3-34 and 154-163.


1934, Apr. 26 -   Collins, Grace Elizabeth Mitchell, 1896-1983, librarian. To Ernest Hiram Lindley, 1345 Louisiana Street, Lawrence, Kansas. Deals with information about the Lindley and Hollowell families.

Typed Letter (carbon) 1 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1969


1934, Apr. 30 -   Lindley, Ernest Hiram, 1869-1940, university president. To Grace Elizabeth (Mitchell) Collins, 620 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana. Comments on Lindley family, visit to Bloomington, and on son's publications. [image]View item(s)

Gift. 1969


1934 -   Blankenship, Mrs. Minnie E. Paragon Literary Club, 1895-1933.

Typed Document 5 p. 27 cm.

  • "Copied [at the Indiana University Library] from the manuscript loaned by the author, Mrs. M. E. Blankenship, Paragon, Indiana. May 3, 1934 E. Wolf."
  • Holograph note on p. 5
  • Acccompanied by:
    • [1] Blankenship, M. E. To Wolf, Estella, Apr. 28, 1934;
    • [2] Typescript of Year Book, 1934-1935.

1935, Oct. 14 -   Hamilton, William James, 1884- , librarian. Early days in Merrillville, Lake County, Indiana, neighborhood: notes from 1935 prowlings.

Typed Document 8 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by:
  • 1) Positive Photostat of five maps of area;
  • 2) Photograph of Boyd-Saxton Wiggins pastureland, Sept., 1935.
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Gift. 1956


1935, Nov. 26 -   Nicholson, Meredith, 1866-1947, author. Caracas, Venezuela. To Christopher Bush Coleman. Deals with Thomas A. Hendricks' religion and the antagonism between Walter Quintin Gresham and Benjamin Harrison.

Typed copy of Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1951


1936, Jan. 24 -   Wilson, James Benjamin, 1859-1956, judge. To Newell Sanders, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Thanks Sanders for the gift of his biography which has caused him to live again the days of his boyhood and the "political side of American life" as he has seen it.

Carbon of Typed Letter Signed 2 pp. 28 cm.

  • Signed in pencil.
  • Accompanied by:
    • 1) 4 letters from his wife, Maude E (Showers) Wilson, 1862-1938, July 22, 1936, mailed from Brooklyn, Indiana, and 1936[?], all of which request that the judge should bring some groceries from Bloomington;
    • 2) printed campaign leaflet for James B. Wilson, Progressive nominee for Congress, 2nd District, Indiana, election, November 3, 1914.
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Gift. 1978


1937 -   Conlin, James W., teacher. The Merom Bluff Chautaqua.

Typed Document 85 p. 28 cm.

  • View All (15)
  • Table of contents;
  • prefatory material;
  • pt. I, History of the movement;
  • pt. II, Names of lecturers and dates of their appearance;
  • pt. III, Subjects discussed, name of speaker, and year address was delivered;
  • pt. IV, Names of entertainers and dates of their appearance;
  • pt. V, Musicians and musical organizations with dates of their appearance;
  • pt. VI, Titles of plays, names of producing companies, and dates of presentation;
  • pt. VII, Brief descriptions of talent which has appeared, 1905-1935;
  • pt. VIII, Stockholders;
  • pt. IX, Dates of the Merom Bluff Chautauqua;
  • pt. X, Platform managers;
  • pt. XI, Committees on transportation and buildings and grounds;
  • pt. XII, Program committees;
  • pt. XIII, Board of directors 2 drafts of pt. I
  • Revised version of pt. I printed in Indiana Magazine of History, XXXVI: 23-28, March 1940. Accompanied by covering letters and correspondence of William O. Lynch, editor, Indiana Magazine of History, with the author.
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Gift. 1952


1938, Aug. 5 -   Lockridge, Ross Franklin, 1877-1952, writer. Hoosier Historic Roadside Sites. Book II.

Typed Document Signed [2] p., p. 136-269. 28 cm.

  • Cover-title.

Gift. 1963


1939, Feb. 16 -   Skelcher, Mrs. Lucille Detraz, Vevay, Ind. Further notes on the descendants of the Dumonts.

Typed Document 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by 2 Letters Signed Skelcher, Mrs. Lucille Detraz, Vevay, Ind. To William O. Lynch, editor, Indiana Magazine of History, Feb. 16 & 23, 1939; and 1p. of notes "Descendants of Julie Louisa Dumont." (A.D.)
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Gift. 1952


1939, Apr. 11 -   Sackett, Homer Eddy, 1875-1966, judge. Gary, Indiana. To Henry R. Sackett, Sackett, Pyatt & Waitkus, 569 Broadway, Gary, Indiana. Biographical sketch.

Xerox copy of Typed Letter Signed 12 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1966


1940, Jan.-1941, Feb. 26 -   Steele, Mrs. Selma Neubacher, 1870-1945, art teacher. The house of the singing winds. Reminiscences of social life and customs in Brown County, Indiana, and Theodore Clement Steele.

Autograph Document Signed [237] p. 27 cm.

  • In ink.
  • Four parts.
  • Published with editorial changes; omission of quotations which preceded each part; many deletions especially in part III; and extensive rearrangement in part III.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society, 1966, pp. 55-172.
  • Another draft of the manuscript is located in the Indiana Historical Society Library in Indianapolis, Indiana (Annual Report 1974/75 page 30).

Gift. 1965


1940, June 16 -   Bryan, William Lowe, 1860-1955, I. U. president. Bloomington, Indiana. To Martha Evelyn (Thrasher) Shideler. Thanks Mrs. Shideler for her "faithful & efficient service."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 17.5 cm.

  • In ink.
  • Accompanied by envelope.
  • Mrs. Shideler, a nurse, cared for Mrs. Bryan during an illness.
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Gift. 1978


1941, Apr. 28 -   Downing, Arthur C., pres. James Whitcomb Riley Old Home Society, Greenfield, Ind. To Herman B Wells, pres., Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Letter carried on first trip of the New York Central’s streamlined train, James Whitcomb Riley.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Cover included.
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Gift. 1941


1942, July 7 -   South, Mary Ellis, 1880-1968, Indianapolis, Ind. To Marion Hunter (Weinstein) Gray, Terre Haute, Ind. Gives information on Theodore Dreiser and Paul Dresser.

Typed Letter Signed 4 p. 20 cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.
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Gift. 1964


1943, Mar. 31 -   Shields, Robert William, 1918-, author. 648 East Monroe Street, Franklin, Indiana. To Robert G. Miller. Seeks information on the Reno gang.

Typed Letter Signed, 3 items, 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by Robert G. Miller to Robert William Shields, 1943, April 1, 1943.
  • Information on the Reno gang.
  • Typed Letter Signed (carbon) 1 p. 28 cm.
  • Included in a printed broadside advertising The Life of John Reno of Seymour, Indiana, edited by Robert William Shields, with holograph notes.
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Gift. 1954


1943 -   M’Coy, John, 1782-1859, Baptist deacon. Extracts from the diaries of John M’Coy of Clark County, Indiana, ed. with an introduction and explanation in notes by Elizabeth Hayward.

Typed Document 19 p. 28 cm.

Purchase. 1943


1946, May 1 -   Anderson, Mrs. Marguerite H., librarian. Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana. To Vincennes Public Library. Vincennes, Indiana. Refers to the first issue of the Indiana Gazette.

Typescript 1 p. 28 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1946, May 14 -   Purcell, George W., postmaster, Bloomington, Indiana. To Robert A. Simpson. Vincennes, Indiana. Relates to the Indiana Gazette.

Typescript 4 p. 28 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1947, Nov 19  Stevens, Alice D. to Russo, Dorothy [image]View item(s)

Letter from Alice D. Stevens, librarian at Logansport Public Library, to Dorothy Russo of the Hoosier Bookshop, Indianapolis, Indiana, regarding William D. Owens, born in Bloomington, Indiana, September 6, 1846.


1948 -   Caswell, Omar, -1959, Oldest church building in Hart township, Warrick County, Ind.

Typed Document 5 p. 28 cm.

  • p. 3-5: The founding of Eby, Indiana.
  • Accompanied by photograph of church.
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Gift. 1952


1952, Oct. 29 -   Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957, book designer. RFD3 Danbury, Connecticut. To Mrs. Dorothy (Ritter) Russo. "… sending you a little pamphlet I recently printed for the Portfolio Club… a minute speck in the history of Indiana…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 15 cm.

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Transferred from Reader's Services, Lilly Library. 1977


1952 -   Garman, Harry Otto, 1880-1952, engineer. Biography: James Franklin Hanly, 1863-1920, governor of Indiana, 1905-1909.

Typescript of Autograph Document Signed 97 pp. 29 cm.

  • Two copies of typescript made in the Department of Special Collections, Indiana University Library, 1952, from original lent by the author.

1953, Feb. 10 -   Lanier, Reginald B., Financier. New York, New York. To Thomas Powderly Martin, Bloomington, Indiana. Knows of no surviving records of James Franklin Doughty Lanier or of the partnership, Winslow, Lanier & Co.; history of Winslow, Lanier & Co.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1953


1953, Aug. 8 -   Mayer, Mrs. Maybelle C. (Pettigrew), (Mrs. Walter R. Mayer), business woman. The Woman’s Rotary Club of Indianapolis, organized April 28, 1919.

Typed Document 3 p. 28 cm.

  • Signed: A. McC. H. for M.C.P.M. 8-8-53 and Agnes Hanna for Mrs. W. R. Mayer, founder.
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Gift. 1953


1953, Dec. -   Nickey, Samuel, 1868-, lumberman. Oral history interview with Samuel Nickey, Sr., Memphis, Tennessee, by John Larson.

Typed Document [1], 1-3, 5-9 p. 28 cm. copy.

  • Interviewed for Forest History Foundation, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota.

1954, Apr. 9 -   Bray, William Gilmer, 1903-1979, congressman. Washington, D.C. To Martin David Dubin, Bloomington, Ind. Transcribed radio programs and newsletters to reach voters of Seventh Indiana district.

Copy of Typed Letter Signed 2 p. 28 cm.

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Typescript made in the Manuscript division of the Library from the original lent by Martin David Dubin. 1956


1956 -   Garten, James E., fl. 1956. [Memoir of Clarksburg and early Odon, Indiana.]

Typed Carbon [2], 90, 3, [1] p. 28 cm.

  • Typescript made in President's office, Indiana University, from original lent by author.
  • Accompanied by copy of Herman B Wells, To James E. Garten, September 1, 1956.

1954, June 16 -   Bray, William Gilmer, 1903-1979, congressman. Washington, D.C. To Martin David Dubin, Bloomington, Ind. Questionaire on the Indo-China situation.

Copy of Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

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Typescript made in the Manuscript division of the Indiana University Library from the original lent by Martin David Dubin. 1956


1957, Jan. 24 -   Sonderman, Albert F., Ferdinand, Indiana. To Elfrieda Wilhelmina Henrietta Lang, Bloomington, Indiana. Biographical information on Alois Gustave Wollenmann and Matthias Kempf, physicians.

Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1957


1960, Mar. 1 -   Lane, Russell Adrian, 1897-1986, educator. A History of Segregation and Integration in the Indianapolis Public Schools from 1847 to 1960.

Copy of Typed Document [140] p. 25 x 29 cm.

  • In a loose-leaf binder.
  • Accompanied by other loose papers, 1963-1968, printed.

Gift. 1969


1963, Aug. -   Hawken, Henry A., 1940- , Indiana University student. The speaking of Henry Smith Lane, 1834-1856 … Submitted to the faculty of the graduate school in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of arts in the Department of speech and theatre, Indiana University, August 1963.

Typed Document viii, 74 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1963


1963-1965 -   Delta Kappa Gamma society, Alpha Epsilon state, Indiana. Biographies of pioneer women educators, … Indiana. Positive microfilm of original papers in the library of Delta Kappa Gamma film society, International, 416 West Twelfth Street, Austin 1, Texas.

1 reel. microfilm.

Gift. 1965


1964 -   Feightner, Harold C., 1892-1969, executive, 718 Chamber of Commerce Bldg., Indianapolis, Indiana. 150 years of brewing in Indiana, the story of politics, prohibition, and patronage.

Mimeographed Document, [210], [15] p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1965


1966, Feb. 7 -   South, Mary Ellis, 1880-1968. 60 South 20th street, Terre Haute, Indiana. To Isabel Louise Downing. Miss South explains that "Paul Dresser wrote 'The Banks of the Wabash' at Mudlavia Springs in the hotel there."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 19.6 cm.

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Gift. 1978


1966, Nov. 28 -   Branigin, Roger Douglas, 1902- , governor of Indiana. Speech on the Indiana sesquicentennial exhibit in the Lilly Library delivered in the reading room, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Tape recording. 1 reel. 6 1/4 inches. 3 3/4 inches per second.

  • Duration: 35 minutes.
  • The Governor’s speech was 15 1/2 minutes; the introduction of the Governor by President Stahr 6 minutes and remarks after the speech 11 3/4 minutes; and remarks by Dr. Byrd 1 3/4 minutes.

1966-1969 -   Delta Kappa Gamma society, Alpha Epsilon state, Indiana. Biographies of pioneer women educators,…Indiana. Positive microfilm of original papers in the library of Delta Kappa Gamma society, International, 416 West Twelfth Street, Austin 1, Texas.

1 reel. microfilm.

Gift. 1969


1973, Jan. 24 -   Bowen, Otis Ray, 1918-, physician, governor of Indiana. Message to the Indiana General Assembly convening in Joint Session.

Typed Document, 2 items, 33 p. 28 cm. copy.

  • Accompanied by letter from Bowen to Cecil K. Byrd, Feb. 9, 1973.

Gift. 1973


1973, Mar. 14 -   Carroll, Patrick Dunstan, 1941-, lawyer. Senate, State of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204 To Geneva Hitchcock Warner, 1316 South Stull, Bloomington, Indiana, 47401. Concerns Senate Bill 266 which maintains the zero phosphate ban on laundry detergents.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1973


1983, May -   Mickey, Rosie (Cheatham), 1939-, teacher. Russell Adrian Lane: Biography of an Urban Negro School Administrator.

Copy of Typed Document 275 pp. 27.3 cm.

  • Bound in black.
  • Pages 21, 188, and 275: references to Lilly Library material.
  • Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Akron, Ohio.

Gift. 1983


n.d. -   Allen, Mary Moore, Goldsboro, North Carolina. Origins of names of army and air corps posts, camps, and stations in World War II in Indiana.

Typed Document 24 p. 24 cm.

Gift. 1953


n.d. -   Andrew, Mrs. Elizabeth (Wheeler). William P. Wheeler: [A biographical sketch]

Autograph Document Signed 5 p. 26-36 cm.

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Gift. 1952


n.d. -   Ball, Elisabeth Woodworth 1897-1982, collector.To Ruth Elizabeth Adomeit "I have had two very nice things happen, one a four day trip down and along the Ohio…Then we had a very large orchid show…"

Autograph Letter Signed [2] p. 24.3 cm.

  • Accompanied by letter of transmittal from Ruth Adomeit to Lilly Librarian, W. R. Cagle, Mar. 31, 1993.
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Gift. 1993


n.d. -   Birch, Jessee Setlington, Oxford, Indiana. The grand prairie [particularly that section of it which lies in Benton County, Indiana].

Typed Document 18 p. 33 cm.

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Gift. 1952


n.d. -   A bit of half-forgotten history: [an account of Indian massacre of troops led by Colonel Archibald Laughery in Dearborn County, Ind. 1781.

Carbon of Typed Document 4 p. 27 cm.

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Gift. 1952


n.d. -   Brindley, Mrs. L. J., Vevay, Ind. Biographical scketch of Evelyn M. Craig.

Typed Document 2 p. 28 cm.

  • Xerox copy.
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Gift. 1964


n.d. -   Coulter, James, 1836- , soldier. Autobiographical account, 1836-1865.

Autograph Document pp. 1-24, 201. 24 cm.

  • Account for January 25, 1862-July 23, 1865 lacking. Served in Co. A, 37th regt., Indiana Volunteers.
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Gift. 1961


n.d. -   Cunningham, J. B. Early churches and church work in Indiana.

Typed Document 13 p. 33 cm.

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Gift. 1952


n.d. -   Esarey, Logan, 1874-1942, historian. Address celebrating early Indiana masonry.

Typed Document 9 pp. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by L.S., George Robert Wilson, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • To Logan Esarey, Bloomington, Ind., Feb. 15, 1924.
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Gift. 1952


n.d. -   Genealogical charts showing ancestors of John Hampden Holliday.

Autograph Document 4 pp. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1952


n.d. -   Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901. Signatures on title pages of "Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Indiana," various editions.

4 mss. 23 cm.

Removed to manuscript collection in 1980.


n.d. -   Hershman, William Handford, Columbus, Ind. A look into the dim past: [relating particularly to the building of roads and canals in Indiana]

Typed Document 41 [i.e. 40] pp. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by L.S., William Handford Hershman. to Logan Esarey, Dec. 25, 1923.
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Gift. 1952


n.d. -   Historical Points of interest in Indiana.

Document 9 p. 28 cm.

  • Relates particularly to La Salle’s explorations and early French posts.
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Gift. Source unknown. 1946-1947


n.d. -   History of La Porte, Ind.

Document 19 p. 26-28 cm.

  • Incomplete. Includes typewritten pages numbered 5-12, with chapter headings "The first white inhabitants" and "Building the Town;" and handwritten pates, numbered 28-38, headed "Under the city charter."
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Gift. Source and date unknown.


n.d. -   Indiana 1816, a map.

Document 1 p. 28 cm.

  • "Edward M. Hale" signed in lower right-hand corner.
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Purchase. 1947


n.d. -   Isham, William S., 1898-1961, lawyer. Photograph of George Ade and "Bo" McMillin.

16.3 x 21.4 cm.

  • Note on verso idientifies photographer and subjects.
  • George Ade with straw hat and cane.
  • McMillin, football coach at Indiana University between 1934-1947
  • Accompanied by transmittal letter from George Alonzo Wright, Class of 1919, A.P.I., to Henry William Hofstetter, dated 28 Sept 1984. (Autograph Letter Signed 6 pp. 27.5 cm).
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Gift. 1984


n.d. -   Jones, John Hewitt, 1814-1882, merchant, steamboat clerk, real estate agent. The autobiography of John H. Jones, 1814-1882: life in Rising Sun, Ind.; as a steamboat clerk on the Ohio River; removal of the Creek Indians from Georgia to Indian territory in the winter of 1835.

Typed copy. 9 p. 35 cm.

  • Contains also photostat of the mss. music of "Arkansaw … played on the violin by a half breed Indian (Creek) on the S. B. Alpha while removing them from their old home in Georgia in winter of 1835 to their New Home in Indian. Ter." "Wrote by memory by John H. Jones. Winter-1835.' (1 p. 13 cm.)
  • (Appended note: "[Not to be published without permission of Indiana State Library]").

Purchase. 1937


n.d. -   Knox, Julia Le Clerc, 1871?-1965, educator, author. Vevay, Ind. Transportation in Indiana.

Typed Document 14 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1952


n.d. -   Koch, Felix John, 1882-1933, writer. The last of the Miamis [in Miami County, Ind.]

Typed Document 5 p. 28 cm.

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Gift. 1952


n.d. -   Lockridge, Ross Franklin, 1877-1952, writer. The Boat Load of Knowledge. The Trip Down the River.

Typed (Carbon) Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Bears additional notes in ink.
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Transferred from Howard Ship Yards & Dock Co. mss. 1983


n.d. -   Morgan, Will H., soldier, medicine salesman. To "Dear Father & Mother". Reports on his safe arrival among friends, comments on the local people and weather, Alvin Hobbs is holding [a] meeting here now", and hopes to secure a job soon.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Dated: Monday Morning, 26th
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Purchase. 1981


n.d. -  Notes on Baynard Ruch Hall's New Purchase.

Autograph Document 2 p. 36 cm.

  • Unsigned.
  • Gives page references to the New York, Appleton, 1843 edition of Hall’s New Purchase … in 2 volumes.
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Gift. Source unknown. 1936


n.d. -   Oglesbee, Rollo B., fl. 1908, author, and Hale, Albert Barlow, 1860- 1929, compiler. History of Michigan City, Indiana.

Autograph Document & Typed Document 359 p. 8-28 cm.

  • Contents:
    • [1] Chapters 1-13. (Typed Document 281 p. 28 cm.);
    • [2] Parts of chapters 1 & 3. (Autograph Document 68 p. 15-22 cm.);
    • [3] Notes for the history. (Autograph Document 46 p. 8-22 cm.)
  • Printed. LaPorte, Indiana, E. J. Widdell, 1908.
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Gift. Source and date unknown.


n.d. -   Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877, social reformer. To "Annie". Thanks her for note and visit. Says he is better but not well. Will call on her soon.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 13 cm.

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From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


n.d. -  Photographs of the Colonel William Jones House, Gentryville, Ind., and the James Cochran House, Bloomington, Ind.

10 photos. 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

  • Size: 8 x 10 inches.
  • Photographer's name not given.
  • Jones House: 6 photos, accompanied by leaflet stating house was constructed in 1834.
  • Cochran House: 4 photos, accompanied by leaflet stating house was constructed in 1850.
  • With the photos is leaflet describing the English and American Homes Exhibit for which the photographs were used in Summer, 1979, at the Lilly Library.
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Gift. 1981


n.d. -   A sketch of the Madison, Ind. schools, 1810-1915.

Typed Document 17 p. 33 cm.

Gift. 1952


n.d. -   Smith, Mrs. Katherine M., Clubwoman. Indiana’s Art Historian: Mrs. Harry Bentley Burnet

Typed Document (carbon) 8 p. 22 cm.

  • Read before the Indiana chapter of the National Society of the Arts and Letters.

Gift. 1953


n.d. -   Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966, klansman. D. C. Stephenson, 302-5 Kresge Bldg., Indianapolis, Indiana. To "My Faithful Friends". Refers to state democratic convention.

Typed Letter 1 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1965


n.d. -   Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966, klansman. Manifesto issued in … fight against Walter F. Bossert. Includes excerpts from the constitution and by-laws of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and a copy of a letter from Hiram Wesley Evans, imperial wizard, of Atlanta, Georgia, to David Curtis Stephenson, dated August 2, 1923.

Copy of Typed Document 21 p. 36 cm.

Gift. 1965


n.d. -   Stevens, Stephen C., -1870, laywer. Youthful studies: law notes.

Autograph Document Signed 552 p. 21 cm.

  • Binder's title: Steven's Law Brief, vol. 2

Gift. 1950


n.d. -   Stewart, John Lee, 1910-, zoologist. A way away: an autobiography of John Lee Stewart, negro, of life in Tennessee, in Indianapolis, Ind., at Butler University, and at Indiana University.

Typed Document 381 p. 29 cm.

Gift. 1962


n.d. -   Theodore Franz Sigel.

Autograph Document 9 p. 21 cm.

  • In German script.

Gift. 1946-1947


n.d. -   Turner, J. F., 1870?- . Tuscola, Illinois. Recollections of the Cleveland-Harrison Campaign of 1888 in Putnam County, Indiana.

Typed Document 5 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1958


n.d. -   Vestal, John, 1832- , merchant. Autobiography.

Typed Document 31 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by: Copy of a printed genealogy of the Vestal family from 1683-1893 issued in 1893. (Typed Document 7 p. 28 cm.)

Gift. 1955


n.d. -   Walker, Kenneth Roland, 1928-, educator. A man and a township: Jackson Township, Elkhart County, Ind., and the reminiscences of Charles A. Neff.

Typed Document 20 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1961


n.d. -   White, Frank Allan. The Wabash-Erie canal suit.

Typed Document 4 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1952


n.d. -   [Women’s rights movement in Indiana in the 1840’s and 1850’s].

Typed Document [44] leaves.

  • Title-page and page 11 missing.

Gift. 1952