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Arnold Family Notebook, 1802-1815. M 0007. One box, one microfilm. Photocopies. Collection guide in library. John Arnold came from the Isle of Wight. Contains notations from gazetteers on what to take to America and good places to settle. 

Barker, John Family Papers, 1856-1864. SC 2385. Two folders. Photocopies. Collection guide online. Barker was a native of Lincolnshire, England, and moved to the United States in 1853, settling near Connersville but later moving about the state. His children who appear in the correspondence are Thomas, William, Barton, Frances and Mary. The family worked as blacksmiths and farmers. The collection consists of letters written by Barker and his family in Indiana to relatives in England. Topics include family news, the price of goods, rates for blacksmithing, master-worker relations in the U.S. and England, and freeing slaves during the Civil War.

Bethell-Warren Papers. M 0018, OM 0148, BV 0945-0956. Three manuscript boxes, twelve bound volumes, one oversize folder. Collection guide in library. The collection contains a letter from William Willmore, London, England, to brother, C. Harrison Willmore, Evansville, December 25, 1859.

Bevan, Philip Papers, 1836–1915. M 0019, BV 0957-0960. Three manuscript boxes, four bound volumes. No collection guide available. Bevan was an English carpenter and sailor. He was an immigrant to Charlestown, Clark County, Indiana (1843). He attended the Lane Theological Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio (1846-1849) and was a Presbyterian minister in Leavenworth (Crawford County), Byrneville (Harrison County), Martinsburg (Washington County), and other towns in southeastern Indiana. The papers include Bevan's letters, official documents, and financial papers, principally relating to his ministerial career (1846-1890). Also present in the collection is a diary (1836-1881), Bevan's poems, novels and other unpublished writings.

Clowes Family Collection, 1842–1998. M 1028. Seventy-one manuscript boxes, one oversized manuscript box, one bound volume, seven photograph boxes, five color photograph boxes, two OVA photograph boxes, one folder OVA color photograph, one OVA Glass Plate, one OVB photograph box, one OVB graphics box, one folder OVB color photograph, one OVC photograph box, eleven oversize folders, four boxes 35 mm slides, one box 35 mm negatives, one box 120 mm negatives, four VHS tapes, 50 reels 35 mm film, four boxes 16 mm film, seven cased image photographs, one box PAA photograph albums, three boxes PAB photograph albums, four boxes PAC photograph albums, artifacts. Collection guide online. George Henry Alexander Clowes (August 26, 1877-August 25, 1958) was a native of Ipswich, England. After graduating from the Royal College of Science in London and earning a Ph. D. in chemistry from the University of Gottingen, Germany, Clowes completed six months of post graduate studies at the Sorbonne, France. In 1901, he moved from England to Buffalo, New York, where he served as co-director of what was then the Gratwick Cancer Research Laboratories. In 1919, Clowes left Buffalo for Indianapolis and accepted a position with Eli Lilly and Company. After two years as a research associate with Lilly, Clowes was named research director. Following the discovery of insulin in 1921, Dr. Clowes was responsible for the mass production of the drug for the Eli Lilly Company. At the time of his retirement in 1946, Dr. Clowes was credited with directing research that developed protamine insulin, liver extract, hypnotic drugs, local anesthetics, antiseptics, and sulfonamide (organic sulfur compounds). The Clowes Family Archives is divided into twelve series ranging in date from the late 1800s through the 1990s.

Clowes Family Collection Addition, 1895-1963.  M 1177. Four manuscript boxes, four photograph boxes, one color photograph box, one OVA photograph box, one PAA photo album, one PAB photo album. Collection guide online. This collection represents an addition to the original Clowes Family Collection. (M 1028).

Cranstone, Lefevre J. Watercolor Paintings, circa 1861. P 0432. Five watercolor paintings. Collection guide online. Lefevre James Cranstone was a nineteenth-century English artist known primarily for genre-style landscapes in watercolor and oil. (Genre is a style of art that depicts scenes from everyday life.) He was born March 6, 1822, in Hemel Hempstead, England. From September 1859 to July 1860 Cranstone traveled to America with his younger brother Alfred for a stay of ten months. During his stay he documented his trip with a series of pen-and-ink and wash sketches. He and his brother visited relatives in Richmond, Indiana, from December 1859 to January 1860. Upon his return to Hemel Hempstead, Cranstone used his sketches to produce detailed watercolor and oil paintings.

English-speaking Union of the United States, Indianapolis Branch Records, 1922-2002. M 0644, OM 0304. Seven manuscript boxes, two oversize folders. Collection guide online. The English-Speaking Union was founded in New York in 1920 to strengthen relations between the U.S. and other English-speaking nations. Charles J. Lynn founded the Indianapolis branch in 1949. Lynn was followed as president by his wife Dorothy B. Lynn and Robert S. Ashby. The branch provides scholarships for British Commonwealth students to attend Indiana University and for Marion County teachers to study at British universities. The collection contains correspondence, programs, menus and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Records from Dorothy B. Lynn’s presidency form the bulk of the collection. Topics include program speakers, exchange students and teachers, visitors and scholarship drives. Also included are Charles J. Lynn’s materials on his founding of the local branch. 

Emigrants Notebook. SC 0546. One folder. No collection guide available. The notebook contains clippings and copies of letters from English emigrants, one of whom is from Evansville.

Evens, William Henry Letter, March 11, 1846. SC 0556. One folder. No collection guide available. Autobiographical letter from English born Evens, who was living in Fayette County, to uncle George Andrews, in Dover, New Hampshire.

Foster, Matthew Materials. SC 0587. One folder. Photocopies and typed transcripts. No collection guide available. The collection contains the paper, Pike County Indiana Ancestors of John Foster Dulles, by Ruth Miley McClellan. It also includes photocopies of letters of Matthew Foster to relatives in England, 1821-1824, and their typed transcripts.

Green, William Collection, circa 1911-1936. SC 2934. One folder. Collection guide online. William Green (1812-1912) was born on April 17, 1812, and grew up on a farm in Summerson, Huntingtonshire, England. Discouraged by low wages and conflict in Europe, Green immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. He departed from Liverpool on the ship Ceres and arrived in New York (bound for Evansville, Indiana) on June 6, 1831. Upon arriving in Indiana, Green cleared land in exchange for board, and soon after found work as a stage driver. In 1855, Green purchased land on the corner of Busseron and 2nd streets in Vincennes, Indiana and built the town’s first opera house. Though it burned down in 1885, the opera house was rebuilt later that year. Over the course of his life, Green also worked as a fire chief, a U.S. mail contractor and ran a successful livery stable in Vincennes. He died on December 24, 1912, at the age of 100.

Hill, Richard Notebook, 1829-1840. SC 0750. One folder. Collection guide in library. Most of the notebook was kept in England. There are mentions of Kirton Parish, Bush Village, and Ludborough. A few entries were written in Madison, Indiana, in 1840. 

Hodgson, Thomas Book. SC 0764. Two folders. Collection guide in library. The book contains accounts of Thomas Hodgson of Cumberland County, England, 1755-1786 with notes of Thomas Patterson who was born in England and immigrated to Virginia and Harrison County. The last entry is dated 1855. 

Hornbrook, Saunders Richard Diaries, 1864-1865. SC 0783. Two folders. Typed Transcripts. Collection guide in library. Though the collection is predominantly two Civil War diaries of Saunders Richard Hornbrook, there are five letters from an earlier Saunders Hornbrook, likely his ancestor. One of the letters was written from Fairstock, England to Connersville, Indiana.

IMA Clowes Collection, Ca. 1885-2000. M 1199. Eight manuscript boxes, one black-and-white photograph box, one color photograph box, one OVA photograph box, one OVA color photograph box, one OVA graphics box, one OVB graphics box, one PAB photo album, two PAC photo albums, two boxes 35mm slides, artifacts. Collection guide online. George Henry Alexander Clowes (August 26, 1877 - August 25, 1958) was a native of Ipswich, England. After graduating from the Royal College of Science in London and earning a Ph. D. in chemistry from the University of Gottingen, Germany, Clowes completed six months of post graduate studies at the Sorbonne, France. In 1901, he moved from England to Buffalo, New York, where he served as co-director of what was then the Gratwick Cancer Research Laboratories. In 1919, Clowes left Buffalo for Indianapolis and accepted a position with Eli Lilly and Company. After two years as a research associate with Lilly, Clowes was named research director. Following the discovery of insulin in 1921, Dr. Clowes was responsible for the mass production of the drug for Eli Lilly. At the time of his retirement in 1946, Dr. Clowes was credited with directing research that developed protamine insulin, liver extract, hypnotic drugs, local anesthetics, antiseptics, and sulfonamide (organic sulfur compounds). This collection consists of items transferred to the Indiana Historical Society from The Indianapolis Museum of Art on August 6, 2015. The bulk of the items pertain to Allen W. Clowes, although a small number of items relate to other members of the Clowes Family.

Ingle, John Correspondence, 1813-1868. M 0167, OM 0040. One manuscript box, one oversize folder. Collection guide online. John Ingle (1788-1874) immigrated from Somersham, England, to America in 1818. He settled near Saundersville (now Inglefield) in Vanderburgh County where he farmed and served as the town’s postmaster from 1823-1869. The collection consists primarily of correspondence of Ingle and his wife, Martha, with their family in England, 1813-1869. The letters discuss a variety of subjects including the differences between life in America and England, the development of Southern Indiana, conditions in England, the family business, and economic, religious, and political matters. Also included is John Ingle’s description of his trip from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Indiana, and his visit to Morris Birbeck’s Illinois settlement in 1818. There also are letters from the Ingle's son, John Jr., to his English relatives, 1834-1837. 

MacMillan, Harold Letter, 1951-1968. SC 2947. One folder. Collection guide online. Maurice Harold Macmillan, First Earl of Stockton, was born to parents Maurice Crawford Macmillan and Helen Belles on February 10, 1894, in London. A graduate of Eton College (1912), his schooling at Balliol (1912-1914) was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I. Macmillan first joined the 60th Rifles (KRRC), and then was transferred to the Grenadier Guards. In 1940, Churchill became the prime minister of the United Kingdom, and appointed Macmillan to the position of Junior Minister to the Ministry of Supply. Two years later, Churchill appointed Macmillan to the Allied Force Headquarters in Algiers, and he served in this position until the end of the war. Afterwards he lost his third bid at Stockton, and eventually represented Bromley in the House of Commons. The collection consists of correspondence and newspaper clippings dating from 1951 to 1968 pertaining to Harold Macmillan, former Prime Minister of Britain and Oxford University chancellor. Correspondence includes a personal, typewritten letter sent from Macmillan to Allen Beville Ramsay, then Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor and Magdalene College professor. Macmillan's mother, Helen Belles was raised in Spencer, Owen County, and his grandfather, Dr. Joshua T. Belles, is buried in Riverside Cemetery there.

Maidlow Family Papers, 1762–2005. SC 3054. Two folders. Collection guide online. The Maidlow Family migrated from Hampshire, England to the Evansville, Indiana area beginning in 1818. Farmer James Maidlow (1764–1851) left the town of Blendworth in 1818 with the intention of joining an English settlement in Illinois. In Blendworth he had also been a churchwarden and school charity trustee. This short collection consists of photocopied documents related to the Maidlow family.

New Harmony, Indiana Collection, 1814–1884, 1920, 1964. M 0219. Three manuscript boxes, three photograph folders, three OVA graphics boxes, one oversize graphics folder. Collection guide online. New Harmony, in Posey County in southwestern Indiana, was the site of two utopian experiments in the early 19th century. The first, the Harmony Society, was a group of German Pietists who had come to Pennsylvania in 1804 and founded a communist society. Led by George Rapp and his adopted son Frederick, they settled at New Harmony from 1815 to 1825, but then moved again, to Economy, Pennsylvania, on the Ohio River near Pittsburgh. In 1825, the New Harmony settlement was sold to the British industrialist and philanthropist, Robert Owen. There Owen attempted to put into effect his theories of socialism and human betterment. These were based on absolute equality of property, labor and opportunity, combined with freedom of speech and action. The Owenite community failed within two years, but Owen and his family continued both their ownership of the land at New Harmony and their interest in social reform. Many who believed in the ideals of these communities came to New Harmony. William Augustus Twigg, who was born in London, England, eventually settled in New Harmony and was appointed postmaster after the Civil War.

Stockdale, William Letters, 1865-1910. SC 1412. Five folders. No collection guide available. Stockdale immigrated to America during the Civil War, served in the Union Army, and lived in Henry and Hancock counties. The collection consists of letters to Stockdale from his family in Manchester, England.