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Indiana State Library - Rare Books & Manuscripts

CPC Catalog > Organization: Indiana State Library - Rare Books & Manuscripts

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Indiana State Library
315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Description:

The Rare Books & Manuscripts Division includes over 3 million manuscripts; 4,500 collections, ranging from the early 15th century to present day. Among the collection's strengths are Civil War-era letters and diaries, family papers, and the records of many political figures from the Hoosier state.

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Collections:
Thomas Riley Marshall Papers, 1854-1932
Austin H. Brown Papers, 1830-1901
Lucius B. Swift Papers, 1851-1931

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Thomas Riley Marshall Papers, 1854-1932

Marshall, Thomas R. (Thomas Riley), 1854-1925. The collection includes materials dating from 1863 to 1934, although the bulk of the materials date from 1868 to 1925. Materials include Marshall's speeches on Democratic politics and state and national affairs (1880s-1925); speeches to Masons and other fraternal organizations; speeches on law, schools, and history; and a manuscript draft of his Recollections. The correspondence covers his political affairs (1908-1925); letters of condolence written at his death (1925); and family correspondence from Lewis County, Missouri (1860s). Also included are addresses and messages as Governor to the state legislature (1909-1913); invitations, programs, menus, inauguration materials, and other memorabilia as vice-president (1913-1921); Marshall's school compositions and notebook from Wabash College (1868-1872); and various political books. The scrapbooks contain clippings of family news (1890s); newspaper stories on his gubernatorial campaign (1908); newspaper stories on the presidential campaign of Woodrow Wilson (1912) and his terms as vice-president (1913-1921); his newspaper columns on foreign affairs and current events (1921-1922, 1925); his obituaries (1925); and Marshall's collection of political cartoons. Clippings within each scrapbook are not necessarily in chronological order. The oversized folders primarily contain certificates received by Marshall as a Mason and throughout his political career. Correspondents include Evangeline Booth, William E. Borah, William Jennings Bryan, Baron de Cartier, Calvin Coolidge, Stephen A. Douglas, Sir Auckland Geddes, Solomon B. Griffin, Warren G. Harding, Thomas A. Hendricks, Jules Jusserand, Helen Keller, Robert Lansing, Meredith Nicholson, John J. Pershing, Albert C. Ritchie, Elihu Root, William Howard Taft, Henry Van Dyke, Edith Bolling Wilson, and Woodrow Wilson. The materials are arranged by document type, then chronologically.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/247204763

Size
6 manuscript boxes, 16 volumes, 4 oversized folders

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- Warren G. Harding

- William Taft

- Woodrow Wilson

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Austin H. Brown Papers, 1830-1901

Brown family creator. Austin H. Brown was born at Milroy, Rush County, Indiana on March 19, 1828. He was the son of Susan Tompkins Brown and William J. Brown, who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He moved to Indianapolis in 1837 and worked for a printer and was a carrier for the Indiana Democrat. In 1844, he entered Asbury University but left the following year to go to Washington, D.C. and work as a clerk in the office of the sixth auditor. He rose to become the assistant chief clerk and distributing officer and was the United States post office inspector.Brown married Margaret E. Russell in 1855 and together they had two children. He returned to Indianapolis and took over proprietorship of the State Sentinel. In 1855, he was elected auditor of Marion County. He was assistant adjutant general of Indiana during the Civil War. He became collector of internal revenue for Indianapolis in 1866. In 1874, he became clerk of Marion County and served as city councilman and on the school commission. He was a Member of the National Democratic Committee. Austin H. Brown died January 1, 1903. Sources: Items in the collection.Dunn, Jacob Piatt. Indiana and Indianans. Chicago: The America Historical Society, 1919.

This collection contains Brown's personal and business correspondence, as well as documents of political appointments, indentures, checks, receipts, clippings, and compositions, programs and other ephemera from social and political activities such as membership to the Democratic Party and Masons organizations. The correspondence includes letters from his father, William J. Brown, his brother, George, and cousin, John Ferguson.Other correspondents include Thomas A. Hendricks, James Whitcomb, Richard Wigginton Thompson, and Jesse Bright. There are also letters to President Grover Cleveland recommending Brown for a federal appointment, a report on fraudulent claims in the Horse Claims division, and a scrapbook of theatrical programs and announcements for the Metropolitan Theater.
 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/935326421

Size
1 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Lucius B. Swift Papers, 1851-1931

Swift, Lucius B. (Lucius Burrie), 1844-1929. Reformer. Lucius B. Swift was a soldier in a New York regiment during the Civil War; graduate of the University of Michigan (1870); principal and superintendent of schools, LaPorte, LaPorte Co. (1872-1879); Indianapolis lawyer (1879-1929); leader in civil service reform movement; editor and publisher, Civil Service Chronicle (1889-1896); member of board and officer, National Civil Service Reform League (1880s to 1929); trustee, Citizens Gas Company, Indianapolis (1905-1929); member, 1st Sanitary Commission, Indianapolis (1917-1923); author, Germans in America (1915); How We Got Our Liberties (1928).

This collection consists primarily of Swift's correspondence from the period 1885 - 1908 relating to his work with federal civil service reform, including correspondence relating to the work of the National Civil Service Reform League; Swift's publication of the Civil Service Chronicle; federal appointments in Indiana and elsewhere, and the work of the U.S. Civil Service Commission; and the role of reformers in state and national elections. Also included is correspondence regarding Swift's involvement with progressive Republicans, particularly Theodore Roosevelt and Albert J. Beveridge; correspondence regarding his work in the campaign to prepare the United States for war with Germany (1914-1918), and reactions to his pamphlets Germans in America (1915) and America's Debt to England (1917); correspondence regarding tariff reform (1908-1912); papers regarding Citizens Gas Company and the Indianapolis Sanitary Commission (1920s); papers regarding his lecturing and writing on historical reform topics (1910s-1920s); his letters to his wife (1885-1916), primarily written from the east while he was attending reform and political meetings, including meetings with Theodore Roosevelt; his diaries written during a meeting of the National Civil Service Reform League (1889), during a meeting to discuss the creation of a reform political party (1892); on a trip to Massachusetts (1897); his journal (1875-1888), including notes on LaPorte, starting a law practice in Indianapolis, politics, and reminiscences of his Civil War experiences; and drafts of his letters and essays on reform and politics. Albert J. Beveridge, Eliza A. Blaker, Charles J. Bonaparte, James H. Breasted, William Lowe Bryan, Edward Cary, French Ensor Chadwick, Edward P. Clark, George William Curtis, Richard Henry Dana, Dorman B. Eaton, Charles W. Fairbanks, William Farnum, William Fortune, John Watson Foster, William Dudley Foulke, James P. Goodrich, John K. Gowdy, Albert Bushnell Hart, William Dean Howells, Louis Howland, Charles Evans Hughes, Jules Jusserand, George Kennan, Henry S. Lea, Francis E. Leupp, Henry Cabot Lodge, Arthur O. Lovejoy, George W. McAneny, Franklin MacVeagh, W.H.H. Miller, Oliver T. Morton, Henry Raymond Mussey, Meredith Nicholson, Walter H. Page, William Potts, Edith Kermit Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, John C. Rose, Carl Schurz, Francis Lynde Stetson, Moorfield Storey, Mark Sullivan, Charles P. Taft, William Howard Taft, Frank William Taussig, Oswald Garrison Villard, James W. Wadsworth, William English Walling, Everett Wheeler, Charles R. Williams, Horace White, Wong Kai Kah, James A. Woodburn.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/826868997

Size
4 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- Theodore Roosevelt

- William Taft

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