Women’s History, Individual and Family, N-R
NAUDAIN, BELLE W. Papers, 1860. OM 0198. One folder. No collection guide available. Diploma received by Naudain upon graduation from Charlestown Female Institute, 1860.
NEWSOME, MAENELL H. Collection, 1937-1976. SC 1976. One folder. Collection guide in library. Maenell Newsome was a teacher and head of the foreign language department at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. This collection documents some of Newsome’s activities in Indianapolis, most notably with the Crispus Attucks Orchestra Band Parents’ Club founded in 1940 by her husband. Part of the Black Women in the Middle West Project.
NICHOLSON, VALENTINE. Collection, 1841-1915. M 0641, OM299. Five boxes, one folder. Collection guide online. Valentine Nicholson of Ohio and Indiana was a member of the Society of Friends in his early life but withdrew from the faith because of his ardent abolitionist feelings. Nicholson and his wife Jane Wales experimented in communalism with their establishment of “Prairie Home,” displayed an interest in Spiritualism and participated in seances. The collection includes correspondence of Jane Wales and the Nicholsons’ daughters Elizabeth, Mary Ellen and Martha.
NIXON-WIECHMAN Collection, 1773-1962. M 0483, BV 2341-2370, OMB 0008. Two boxes, 37 volumes. Collection guide in library. This collection contains items related to the history of Richmond and Wayne County. Among these records are several family histories and minute books (1887-1899) of an organization known as The Cycle, a women’s club interested in discussing the history of colonial America.
OHMART, JOLINE Papers, 1971-1979. M 0610. Three boxes. Collection guide online. Joline Moore Ohmart is an Indianapolis businesswoman. This collection consists of Ohmart’s correspondence with national and state politicians promoting an Equal Rights Amendment, correspondence and pamphlets from various women’s political organizations, and other materials relating to equal rights and employment standards.
OSBORN, LOUISE BROWN. Papers, 1919-1945. M 0632. One box. Collection guide online. This collection includes correspondence, primarily 1922-1924, with family members while Osborn was a student at Indiana University and Yale University. Two interesting letters relate to the election of 1922 in which her father, Lane Osborn, was a candidate.
OSTERMEIER/BUESKING FAMILIES. Papers, 1849-1979. M 0665, OM 0335. One box, one folder. Collection guide online. The papers in this collection center on Sophie Luise Eleanor (Ellen) Schwartz and her husbands, Christian Ostermeier and Frederick Buesking. Sophie (Ellen) Schwartz (1849-1921) was born in Germany and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1850. The family settled on land in Buck Creek Township, Hancock County. In 1871 Ellen Schwartz married a fellow German immigrant Christian Ostermeier (1842-1874). Following the death of her first husband, Ellen met and married Frederick Buesking (1855-1936), also originally from Germany. The papers include correspondence and family documents as well as an Ostermeier/Buesking family history (1979) by Jacqueline K. Johnson.
OSTROM, SUSAN MCWHIRTER. Papers, 1843-1980. M 0337. Twenty-four boxes. Collection guide in library. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-288. A civic leader and journalist, Ostrom was a women’s club columnist for the Indianapolis News (1913-1963); member, advisory council, Indiana Federation of Clubs (1913-1963); and director, Public Relations and Information Division, Indiana Department of Public Instruction (1942-1947). The collection includes Ostrom’s correspondence with politicians regarding the Equal Rights Amendment, school prayer and other political issues, primarily from the late 1960s and the 1970s; her writings, including poems, speeches, newspaper articles and editorials on women’s rights and other political issues (1897-1980); papers relating to her work for civic improvements and rights for the blind; papers relating to the Indiana Federation of Clubs, the Woman’s Department Club of Indianapolis, and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union; and scrapbooks, clippings, publications, plaques and awards regarding Ostrom’s life and service to the community.
OWEN, MARY STEELE. Book Manuscript, ca. 1960. M 0654. One box. Collection guide online. Mary Steele Owen, a teacher, was born in Indianapolis and graduated from Franklin College. She later earned a master’s and doctoral degree from Indiana University. From 1937 to 1943, Owen taught in high schools and later at Indiana University, Butler University, Franklin College, and Sam Houston State College in Texas. The collection contains a book manuscript based on Owen’s 1954 doctoral dissertation entitled: The American Frontiersman: A French Portrait. It discusses the American frontier as seen by French travelers.
PALMER, MARY JANE. Travel Diary, 1865. BV 2480. One volume. No collection guide available. The collection consists of Palmer’s 1865 travel diary describing a trip from Norwich, Conn., through Michigan to Attica, Fountain County, where she visited her cousin, W.R. Palmer, a Presbyterian minister. She also describes trips to Illinois and her return trip home through Ohio and Pennsylvania. The collection includes a family portrait.
PARKER, LUCILLE. Memory Book, 1924-1925. SC 2474. One folder. Collection guide online. [Helen] Lucille Parker, born about 1908, attended high school in Evansville, Vanderburgh County. The memory book in this collection dates from her high school years.
PATTERSON, FRANCES O. Collection, 1862-1969. M 0470. One box. Collection guide online. Frances O. Fowlkes Patterson’s family, the Tyrees, migrated to Indianapolis from Tennessee in the mid-1870s. The collection contains family records, correspondence and photographs, and includes letters from Patterson to her mother, Jennie Tyree Fowlkes. Black Women in the Middle West Project.
PAUGH, IONE SWAN, Collection. 1872-1971. M 0404. Four boxes. Collection guide online. Although the bulk of this collection relates to William F. Swan and his brother, James, of Benton County, there are two small diaries (1873-74) of Ellen Mahaffey, a half sister of Elizabeth Sanders Swan (Mrs. William F.). The diaries relate details of weather conditions and family activities of an Indiana farm family.
PEGG, LYDIA J. Papers, 1882-1925. M 0223. Two boxes. Collection guide in library. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-296. Pegg was the wife of John Pegg, a Bloomingsport, Randolph County, farmer. The collection is composed primarily of letters to Pegg from her sisters: Lizzie Roberts, wife of a Paton, Iowa, farmer; and Hulda Rees, wife of Seth Rees, an itinerant Quaker preacher. The bulk of the letters are from the period 1898 to 1914 and describe family matters, farm life and Quaker camp meetings throughout the East and Midwest.
PHILON, LOIS PATRICIA. PAPERS, 1970-1987. M0773. Five manuscript boxes, seven oversize folders, six folders of photographs. Collection guide online. Lois Patricia Philon (b. 1935) ran as a Democrat for the Indiana House of Representatives, District 32, in 1974 and 1978. Philon was highly active in the women’s movement, serving on a number of boards and committees including the League of Women Voters of Indiana, the Indiana Women’s Political Caucus, the Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc., and NOW. She also served on the board of directors for the Family Crisis Shelter of Montgomery County, and was a staff worker for the Women in Politics Campaign Course (Indiana University, Indianapolis,1977). The collection includes material created or accumulated by Philon through her political activities and involvement with the women’s movement in Indiana. Items include records concerning campaign activities, correspondence, minutes, printed material, maps, photographs and artifacts. Included are items concerning the Equal Rights Amendment, the Uniform Marital Property Act, and International Women’s Year. Printed material includes issues 1 and 2 of Womankind, a women’s newspaper published in Indiana.
PLUMB, FAILEY, PARROTT FAMILY. Papers, 1814-1910. M 0003, OM 0126. One box, one folder. Collection guide online. This collection concerns several generations of the Plumb family, originally of Massachusetts, which married into the Coffin family of Nantucket and the Failey family, one of whom married into the Parrott family of Indianapolis. Correspondence includes a series of letters written to Mrs. Plumb from female relatives, primarily Sarah Cannon, in Nantucket.
POTTS, JAMES M. Collection, 1857-1866. M 0481. One box. Collection guide in library. James M. and Jemima M. Potts lived in Wolcottsville, Lagrange County. The collection consists of approximately 170 letters written between 1857 and 1866, primarily during the Civil War. Jemima’s letters deal with local and family news.
POWER, REUBEN H. Papers, 1863-1961. SC 1216, OM 0285. Five folders. Collection guide online. Reuben H. Power served on the gunboat Somerset off the Florida Keys during the Civil War. He married Lula (Lulie) Monroe (d. 1894). They lived in Indianapolis and had a daughter Pearl. The collection includes Lulie Power’s personal journal (1867-1873) and material concerning Pearl.
PRICE-MOORE FAMILY. Papers, ca. 1850-1956. M 0701. One box. Collection guide in library. This collection consists of correspondence and papers relating to the Price-Moore family of Clinton and Tippecanoe counties. Included are letters from Lydia Moore to her brother James Allan of the 10th Indiana Infantry Regiment, and to her husband James D. Moore of the 150th Indiana Infantry Regiment. Also included is a letter from Lydia to an Elva Bell of Frankfort while Lydia was a resident at the Indiana State Soldier’s Home (1917?), an essay by Lydia and a mortgage signed by Lydia and James Moore in 1876.
PUGH, MATTIE MURLE THARP. Diary, 1954. SC 2483. One folder. Collection guide online. Mattie Pugh (born ca. 1881) lived in Montpelier, Blackford County. This collection contains Pugh’s diary for 1954. Day-to-day activities and occasional references to current events and disasters are described.
RANDOLPH, CATHERINE S. LAWRENCE. Papers, 1802-1824 . SC 1235. Six folders. Collection guide in library. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-308. Catherine Randolph (1789-1816) was a stepdaughter of General James Dill and a granddaughter of Northwest Territory governor Arthur St. Clair. She married Thomas Randolph in 1810, attorney general of the Indiana Territory at Vincennes, Knox County. The collection consists of correspondence of the Dill-Lawrence-Randolph families (1802-1824). The letters, primarily to or from Catherine S. Lawrence Randolph, relate news of family events, trips, politics and local events.
RICHARDSON, IDA FRANCES. Papers, 1828-1933. M 0237, BV 1710-1719, OM 0050. Six boxes, 10 volumes, one folder. Collection guide in library. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-313. Richardson was an art student at St. Mary’s Institute (now St. Mary-of-the-Woods), Vigo County; an Indianapolis schoolteacher; secretary of the Marion County Agricultural and Horticultural Society; and writer and poet. The collection includes Richardson’s diaries; her notebooks and correspondence relating to St. Mary’s Institute; and scrapbooks, notebooks and poetry.
RICHARDSON, ROSELYN. Papers, 1900-1993. M 0649, OM 0131. Forty-one boxes, five folders. Collection guide online. Roselyn Comer Richardson, educator and civic and religious leader, has been a resident of Indianapolis since 1938. She has served on the board of directors of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, as co-director of the Intercollegiate Coeducational Club of the Senate Avenue YMCA, and as director of the Flanner Guild. During the 1970s Richardson directed the Career Sampling Program at Shortridge High School. This collection reflects the many years of public service Richardson has given the Indianapolis community. Among materials in the collection are those which relate to her activities with the Career Sampling Program, Friends of the Indianapolis Urban League, American Friends Service Committee, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Browsers Book Club and Dialogue Today.
RILEY, ADELINE. Letters, 1869-1876. SC 1267. One folder. Collection guide in library. Adeline Riley was born in Burlington, Carroll County, about 1816. Letters in this collection were written from Greene County, Indiana, 1869 to 1876.
RILEY, JAMES WHITCOMB. Collection, 1880-1956. M 0240, OMB 0057. Four boxes. Collection guide online. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-3l5. This collection includes correspondence and verse of Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley (1880-1916); correspondence (1873-1964) of Margaret M. Scott, a journalist; correspondence (1912-1951) of Harriet [Eitel] Wells Johnson (ca. 1880-1958); World War I journal of Cornelius H. Menger who served as a captain in the Coast Artillery Corps in the U.S. Army; correspondence of Harry A. and Caroline Michael Kahn of Indianapolis; and a book, James Whitcomb Riley: Reminiscences by Clara E. Laughlin with 25 tipped-in letters from Riley to Laughlin (1897-1899 and 1903).
RITCHEY, FLORENCE AND ISAAC. PAPERS, 1903-1953. M 0736, OM 0388. Two boxes, three oversize folders. Collection guide online.. Florence Etta Gambill (b. 1883), daughter of Marion F. and Rose (Powell) Gambill, was a native of Sullivan County. She attended Brown’s Business College and the State Normal College in Terre Haute. Florence taught school, worked in an insurance agency, and in June 1910 moved to Colorado to open an insurance agency which apparently failed. By 1927, she had married Isaac S. Ritchey, who may have been a native of Colorado. By 1931, Florence and Isaac were living in Bloomfield in Greene County. They operated Ritchey’s Leader Store, a clothing and shoe store. In June 1932, Florence was appointed receiver of the Star Coal Company. The receivership was closed in November 1937 and the company was sold. The Ritcheys also invested in land in Arkansas, Colorado and Illinois. During World War II, Florence assisted with the Greene County Chapter of the American Red Cross. The collection consists of the correspondence and papers of Florence and Isaac Ritchey and records relating to their involvement with the Ritchey’s Leader Store and the Star Coal Company.
ROBBINS, ARREANNA. Diary, 1865-1870. SC 2418. Five folders. Collection guide online. Arreanna Robbins lived on a family farm in Orange County between 1865 and 1870. This collection contains diaries kept by Robbins, 1865-1870. Entries are brief, describing weather, health problems, religious meetings and other aspects of daily life on a farm.
ROBBINS, MARGARET. Oral history project materials, ca. 1992. SC 1927, CT 0809-0814. Three folders, six audiotapes. Collection guide online. The Marion County/Indianapolis Historical Society received an Indiana Heritage Research Grant to produce a project entitled the Margaret Robbins Oral History Project. Margaret Ruth (Schricker) Robbins (b. 1916), the daughter of Henry Frederick and Maude Lucinda (Brown) Schricker, was raised in Knox. Her father served as state senator (1932-1936) and as governor of Indiana (1941-1945 and 1949-1951). Robbins studied political science and history at Indiana University, graduating in 1938. She married Lewis C. Robbins (d. 1990), who served as the first chief of cancer control for the United States Public Health Service. The Robbinses moved frequently throughout Mr. Lewis’ career, and moved to Indianapolis in 1968. Margaret Robbins worked for the USO during World War II to organize “Ladies in Waiting,” a prenatal health care club for servicemen’s wives, for the State Department with the Foreign Aid program, and with the “Tycoon Program” in the 1960s. For 13 years, she was the director of a family training program for the International Cooperation Administration. This collection consists of six audiocassette tapes of interviews conducted by Linda Weintraut and Jane R. Nolan of Weintraut & Nolan, Consulting Historians, with Margaret Robbins. Mrs. Robbins discussed her family background; local, state and national politics, including her father’s career; her studies at Indiana University, the Great Depression; the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana; her work and life; and her husband’s career with the Public Health Service.
ROBERTS, HELEN. Diary, 1862-1863. SC 1276. Two folders. No collection guide available. Helen Roberts lived near Brookville, Franklin County. The diary contains a record of her daily activities, deaths in the area and weather conditions.
ROBERTSON, CARRIE FRANCIS. Journals, 1890-1924. BV 0311-0336. Tweny-six volumes. Collection guide in library. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-317. Robertson, the wife of Alexander M. Robertson, an Indianapolis wholesale grocer, was a club woman; president of the Matinee Musicale; honorary vice-president of the National Federation of Music Clubs; and member of the Indianapolis Woman’s Club, the Propylaeum Club, Indianapolis, and the board of directors of Butler University, Indianapolis. She traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, Australia, the South Sea Islands and the United States. The collection consists of Robertson’s travel journals describing her trips to Europe, the Caribbean, North Africa, Egypt, Hawaii, Australia and the South Sea Islands; her tours through the United States; and the 1916 and 1920 Republican National Conventions, which she attended. The journals include postcards and clippings relating to the places she visited.
ROBINSON, JOSEPHINE. Album. OMB 0019. One box. Collection guide online. Josephine Robinson was a granddaughter of Indianapolis pioneer Daniel Yandes and wrote a biography of Yandes and his family in 1936. This collection consists of an album of photographs of the house at 1801 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, both interior and exterior, for Josephine Robinson by her sister.
ROST FAMILY. Papers, 1882-1898. M 0668. Three boxes. Collection guide online. Carl L. Rost (1864-1946), jeweler and optometrist, was born in Friendship, Hendricks County. In 1888, he married Helena Roesgen of Columbus, Bartholomew County. Helena Roesgen was a teacher at North School in Bartholomew County, prior to her marriage. The collection is mainly composed of personal correspondence between Carl and Helena from their courtship and throughout their married life. While most are affectionate in nature, there is also mention of daily activities and local and national events. Material relating to Helena’s education and employment as a teacher also forms part of the collection.
ROYSE-GANDY Papers, 1837-1918. SC 2478, OM 0323. Seven folders. Collection guide online. James F. Royse lived in Washington County, and Mary F. Gandy lived in New Albany, Floyd County. The collection consists of correspondence between Royse and Gandy.
RUSSO, DOROTHY RITTER. Papers, 1894-1970. M 0242, BV 1721. Two boxes, one volume. No collection guide available. Dorothy Ritter Russo was an Indianapolis native and 1922 graduate of DePauw University. She started her career as a social worker in New York and later worked for the Marion County, Indiana, Public Welfare Department (1953-70). In 1931, with her husband Anthony J. Russo, she opened the Hoosier Book Shop in Indianapolis. One of their projects was publication of bibliographies of Indiana authors. The collection includes correspondence, illustrations and other materials relating to a Tarkington bibliography, a medical history of Indiana, George Ade and Jacob Blanck.
RUSSO, DOROTHY RITTER. Papers II, 1970s. M 0569. One box. Collection guide online. Dorothy Ritter Russo was an Indianapolis native and 1922 graduate of DePauw University. She started her career as a social worker in New York and later worked for the Marion County Public Welfare Department (1953-1970). In 1931, with her husband Anthony J. Russo, she opened the Hoosier Book Shop in Indianapolis. One of their projects was publication of bibliographies of Indiana authors. This collection includes research notes, correspondence, clippings and related materials used by Russo for an unpublished update of her 1939 book on Kin Hubbard and Abe Martin.