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CANNON, AMELIA. Papers, 1861-circa 1869. M 0770. One manuscript box, one photograph. Collection guide online. Amelia M. Cannon (1847-1919) was born near South Milford, La Grange County, to farmers William H. and Julian Cannon. After the Civil War, she married Morten or Henry Shipe. During the Civil War she received letters from Alfred Shields (ca. 1841-1863). A friend, Hattie Oiler (b. ca. 1848), lived in Noble County in 1860. Two letters from Oiler discuss social activities and Hattie’s appreciation of practical jokes. Three pencil sketches show landforms, possibly depicting topography near Civil War encampments. Amelia likely wrote original poems contained in the collection.

CASE, LOUELLA I. B. Letter, 1847. SC 0180. One folder. No collection guide available. A letter from Louella Case, 2 June 1847, Patriot, Switzerland County, to her brother, Levi S. Bartlett, in New Hampshire. The letter describes continued illness, expresses a desire to travel east as soon as possible and describes a funeral procession, “primitive western towns,” the climate on the Ohio River, and medical treatments and rural physicians.

CHAPIN, LUCIUS. PAPERS, 1859-1865. M 0581. Two boxes. Collection guide in library. The collection consists of 238 letters, the majority of which were written between Lucius P. Chapin and his wife, Alice, during Chapin’s service in the Union Army during the Civil War (1862-1865). Alice wrote from home in Putnam County as well as from her travels in Iowa and Utica (N.Y.?). The couple discussed topics such as the death and morning of their son in September 1862, love and loneliness, financial worries, and the difficulties of one person maintaining a household.

CHESTER, EMMA LEE. Collection, Black Women in the Middle West Project, 1962-1985. M 0498. Two boxes. Collection guide online. This collection contains correspondence, clippings, award certificates and materials pertaining to Chester’s community, educational and religious activities.  Included in this collection are papers of Julia Davis, a worker for the Marion County Department of Public Welfare. Black Women in the Middle West Project.

CHILDS, HESTER B. Collection, 1944-1987. M 0676. 1 box. Collection guide online. Hester Blanche Childs (1909-1987), although born in Duncan, Miss., lived most of her life in Indianapolis. A nurse by profession, Childs was also active in numerous civic and social organizations. The collection contains materials relating to Childs and other family members and highlights her activities in various clubs and organizations.

CHRISTIAN, MARY DUBIN. Journal, 1919. SC 1923. One volume. No collection guide available. The collection contains a photocopy of the typewritten transcript of a journal kept by Mary Durbin Christian during a trip she and Ira W. Christian made to Salem in 1919 to research his mother’s family history. The account includes reports of visiting with various people, local stories and rememberances.

CLAPP, MATTIE RAMSEY. Papers, 1878-1903. SC 2506. Four folders. Collection guide online. Mattie Ramsey Clapp lived in Clark and Scott counties. She began teaching in 1873. By 1878, she was married to G.A. Ramsey, who died or disappeared around 1879. By 1884, she met J. Valentine Clapp, and she married him by 1888. In 1892, she was still teaching school.

Correspondence, much from the courtship of Mattie Ramsey and J. Valentine Clapp. Other correspondents include friends, family and teaching colleagues. Topics include the philosophy of agnostic Robert Green Ingersoll and teaching.

CLEMENTS, ELIAS C. Correspondence, February-October, 1865. SC 2638. One folder. Collection guide online. Clements was a resident of Huron, Lawrence County. During the Civil War, he served with the 145th Indiana Regiment from Feb. 1, 1865 to Jan. 21, 1866. The regiment saw service primarily in Georgia, doing railroad guard duty. The collection contains nine letters between Clements and his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Martha, written between February and October 1865. Clements writes of his activities, mainly in Georgia; his wife writes of family matters.

COLEMAN, SALLIE E. Diary, 1889. SC 2453. One folder. Collection guide online. Sallie E. [Downing] Coleman (ca. 1860-1947) was the daughter of Col. Michael A. Downing and wife of John H. Vajen, Jr., and then William Henry Coleman. She was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Indianapolis Flower Mission. Coleman’s diary describes her wedding trip to Europe with William Coleman, May to September 1889.

COLEMAN, SALLIE E. Scrapbook, 1922-1950. SC 2617. Five folders. Collection guide online. Sallie E. [Downing] Coleman (ca. 1860-1947) was the daughter of Col. Michael A. Downing and wife of John H. Vajen Jr., and then William Henry Coleman. She was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Indianapolis Flower Mission. This collection consists of material from a scrapbook kept by Sallie Coleman and includes correspondence, greeting cards and newspaper clippings, 1922-1950.

CONN, HARRIETTE BAILEY. Collection, 1909-1990. M 0692, OM 0370. Nine boxes and three oversize folders. Collection guide online. Conn was a native of Indianapolis. She attended Talladega College and in 1955 earned a law degree from Indiana University. From 1955 to 1965, Conn served as deputy attorney general, a position her father had held. She later practiced law, served as a state representative, assistant city attorney and state public defender. The collection contains materials relating to Conn and her family, her organizational affiliations, and her legal and political career. Included is personal and general correspondence; political campaign materials; items concerning her death and estate; family papers from her children and father, Robert L. Bailey; items and scrapbooks from Conn’s student days at Talladega College including letters from her mother, Nelle Vesta Conn; materials relating to her numerous affiliations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Marion County Bar Association; legal appeals, briefs, petitions, summaries and other case materials from Conn’s work as state public defender; miscellaneous materials on local politics and events, obituaries, and newsclippings; photos of Conn and her family; and several artifacts.

COOPER, PAULA. Case records, 1986-1989. M 0565. Two boxes. Collection guide online. This collection contains letters, petitions, clippings, cards, telegrams and lists of signatures addressed to the Indiana Supreme Court (1986-1989) seeking a reprieve of a death sentence rendered against Cooper (b. 1970) for murder.

COPPEDGE, RUTH WRIGHT. Diary, 1917-1918. BV 2569-2569a. Two volumes. No collection guide available. Ruth Coppedge served as a nurse during World War I and at City Hospital, Indianapolis. The collection consists of two volumes of a diary Coppedge kept while at City Hospital and later during her employment as an Army nurse from Indianapolis to New York to France by train and ship and her duties caring for the wounded.

COX, JULIA AND SUSANNAH. Papers, 1879-1908. SC 2600. One folder. Collection guide online. Julia A. Cox (fl. 1879-1902) of Winchester was a weaver of rugs. She had a sister named Susannah (fl. 1888-1895). This collection consists of correspondence (1879-1908), most of which is in the form of postcards, received by Julia A. and Susannah Cox. The majority of the postcards are requests to Julia for woven rugs.

CRONK, REBECCA. Papers, 1866-1886. SC 2325. Three folders. Collection guide online. This collection consists of letters written between 1866 and 1886 by Rebecca Cronk to former neighbors who had moved to California. The letters contain details of family and local news from Carroll County.

CURRY, JUNE RESNOVER. Collection, 1905-1921. SC 2471, OM 0214. One box, one folder. Collection guide online. Cora Resnover Hampton (ca. 1890-1945) and Willa Resnover Donaldson (ca. 1894-1978) were daughters of James H. and Narcissus Stokes Resnover. They were educated in the Indianapolis public schools and Teachers’ College of Indianapolis (later known as the Blaker College of Education, Butler University). Hampton taught in Indianapolis and Donaldson in Carbondale and Cairo, Ill. The collection contains materials relating to the professional achievements of the two sisters.

DAILEY, ANNIE BOGAN. Album, 1860-1882. BV 0093. One bound volume. Collection guide online. Annie Bogan (fl. ca.1845-1885) spent her early life in Taylorsville. She was apparently married from there to Mr. Dailey, whose first name does not appear. She spent part of her married life in southwestern Iowa and seems to have left Iowa in 1882. She had a son, Morris E. Dailey, and two brothers, William Bogan and S.G. Bogan. The collection consists of a “friendship album” with inscriptions written between 1860 and 1882. Several of the early inscriptions are from school friends; others are from Civil War soldiers, including her brother S.G. Bogan who joined the 91st Indiana Regiment in October 1862. Finally there are entries from later friends in Iowa.

DARBY, ORANGE V. Papers, 1860-1918. M 0079, BV 0998-1006. Three boxes, 10 volumes. Collection guide in library. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-79. Orange V. Darby (1853-1903) owned a dry goods store in Kokomo, Howard County, and was involved with interurban railroad companies, serving as president of the Indiana Interurban Construction Company. The collection contains personal and family correspondence. There are letters from Darby’s daughter, Anne Darby, later Mrs. Carl McCann, while a student at Wellesley in Massachusetts (1902-1904) and while in Geneva, Switzerland (1909-1910) as well as a series of letters from Elizabeth Vinnedge of Kokomo.

DAY, VINCENT H. Family Collection, 1834-1994. M 0772, OM 396. Three manuscript boxes, three bound volumes, three oversize folders, one box photographs, four folders color photographs, two folders oversize photographs, one videocassette, artifacts. Collection guide online. Vincent H. Day was born in Kentucky on Jan. 4, 1826. His parents, Ambrose and Joanna Day, were farmers on land they purchased from the government when they moved to Fillmore (Putnam County) in 1829. Vincent Day first married Margaret Wilkinson, and the union bore five children. Margaret Day and her youngest child died of smallpox in 1865. Following Margaret’s death, Vincent married Lucinda Frank (1842-1927) on Dec. 5, 1866. Their union bore two children, Frank and Ora Day. The collection includes manuscripts, artifacts, printed material and photographs generated by the Day family of Putnam County. Lucinda (Frank) Day Dimler’s materials consist of legal documents from May 1886 to August 1912. These records include a court document concerning Lucinda’s widow claim (against her children and stepchildren) to her recently deceased husband’s land. Also within the series are nine black and white photographs of Lucinda Dimler’s family including herself, her brother Reverend Andrew Frank, her husband William Dimler and his family, and her son Frank with his wife Ida. Other manuscript materials include a contract dated 20 April 1918 between Frank V. Day and his mother asking her to move off his land within 30 days of the arrangement. 

DELAPLANE, MARGARET LANDON. Scrapbooks, 1940-1965. M 0318, OM 0174. Three boxes, one folder. No collection guide available. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-84. Delaplane worked for the American Red Cross in Kokomo, Howard County, and in Indianapolis on war relief during World War II and disaster relief in the 1940s and 1950s. The scrapbooks contain Delaplane’s letters to her daughter written while on missions for the Red Cross, letters from Red Cross headquarters, thank-you notes from World War II soldiers, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to her relief work.

DETHRIDGE, LUVENA W. Collection, 1927-1954. M 0523, OMB 0056. Two boxes. Collection guide online. Mary Luvena [Wallace Dethridge], a daughter of Luther and Laura Wallace, was born in Richmond, Wayne County. Dethridge attended public schools in Richmond and studied with Samuel Garton, at one time chairman of the music department at Earlham College. The collection, which includes correspondence, program booklets, a passport, newsletters and a scrapbook, documents Dethridge’s career as a lyric soprano. Black Women in the Middle West Project.

DE VANNIECK, MINNIE. Diary, 1901-1902. SC2669. Collection guide in library. Minnie DeVannieck’s pocket diary, kept while she was living in Indianapolis, 1901-1902. It includes activities; financial records; romantic writings; autographs; a biography of Lona Vestal Shaw of Shelby Township, Jefferson County; and information on historic houses in the area.

DODGE, MARY ELIZABETH MAPES. Papers, 1867-1869. SC 2359. One folder. Collection guide in library. Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge, a prominent 19th-century author, corresponded with Robert Dale Owen, the eldest son of Robert Owen, social reformer and founder of New Harmony, Posey County. This collection contains 15 letters written by Robert Dale Owen to Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge between 1867 and 1869.

DOUGLASS, BENJAMIN PENNEBAKER. Papers, 1809-1891. SC 0110. Five folders. Collection guide in library. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-89. Benjamin Douglass (1820-1904), a teacher, merchant, attorney and politician who made his home in Corydon, Harrison County. In 1855, he married Annie Pope (d. 1859), and in 1863 he married Victoria Boone. This collection includes correspondence of Boone Douglass with family in Indiana and Kentucky, 1851-1884.

DOWNEY, VIRTEA. Collection, 1913-1985. M 0511, BV 2497-2498, OM 0333. One box, two volumes, one folder. Collection guide online. This collection contains church histories, programs, newspapers and newsletters collected by Virtea Maletta Washington Downey from various black Indianapolis churches and materials pertaining to black church women and women’s groups. Also included are obituaries of leading church members, memorabilia and photocopies of photographs. Black Women in the Middle West Project.

DUNN, CAROLINE. Papers, 0667, OM 0099. Three boxes, two folders. Collection guide online. Caroline Dunn was born in Indianapolis, the daughter of Jacob Piatt Dunn and Charlotte Dunn. She attended local schools, graduated from Butler University, and earned a library science degree from Columbia University. For eight years she was the public librarian in Connersville, Fayette County, then returned to Indianapolis, where she was a librarian at the State Library and the Indiana Historical Society. The collection includes correspondence, club and church papers, historical notes, travel materials and photographs.

DUNN, GERALDINE (GUTHRIE). Papers, 1954. SC 1734. One folder. No collection guide available. Typescript of author’s memories of attending School No. 50 and Washington High School in Indianapolis from 1912 to the early 1920s.

EANS, PAULINE B. Collection, 1926-1981. M 0405. One box. Collection guide online. Pauline Eans, who taught nursing at Wishard Hospital School of Nursing (1955-1977), was a founder of the Northwest Civic Association and a member of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. The collection includes materials relating to Eans’s professional career and community service. Black Women in the Middle West Project.

EDDY, OLIVE W. Papers, 1866. OM 0196. One folder. No collection guide available. Diploma received by Eddy upon graduation from Dearborn Female Seminary, 1866.

ELWELL, MARION. Letter, ca. 1863. SC 2671. One item. Collection guide in library. The collection consists of a letter from Marion Elwell of the 7th Indiana Infantry Regiment to Mollie (Margaret) Fowler. The letter discusses his relationship with her and his longing to call upon her.

ENIX, ELIZABETH M. Papers, 1905-1994. M 0756. One box. Collection guide online. Elizabeth M. Enix was born Jane Elizabeth Martin in Indianapolis in 1906. Her affiliations included the National Council of Negro Women and the Women’s Improvement Club. The collection includes correspondence, memoirs, programs and photographs. The memoirs discuss a number of topics, including Indianapolis buildings, the 1913 Indiana Flood and the Indiana Avenue neighborhood.

FAIRBANKS, CHARLES WARREN. Papers, 1876-1928. M 0100, BV 1150-1169, BV 2546-2553. Thirty-on boxes, 28 volumes. Collection guide online. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-102. Charles Warren Fairbanks, attorney and politician (1852-1918), married Cornelia Cole in 1874. Cornelia Cole Fairbanks died in 1913. While this collection primarily relates to Fairbanks and his business and political ventures, it also includes materials of his wife, Cornelia, and daughter, Adelaide Fairbanks Timmons Causey. It includes scrapbooks concerning the work of Cornelia Fairbanks as president-general of the Daughters of the American Revolution (1901-1905) and a diary (1924-1928) kept by Adelaide while in Vevay, Switzerland County, and three notebooks (1916-1922) with recipes, poetical essays and reminiscences.

FAIRBANKS, ROBERT C. Papers, 1898-1918. M 0101. One box. Collection guide online. Robert C. Fairbanks (1887-1951) was a native of Indianapolis and youngest son of vice president Charles Warren Fairbanks. The collection consists mainly of correspondence from Fairbanks’s youth. Many of the letters are from his sister Adelaide.

FANGMEIER, JULIA STRAIN. Collection, 1933-1992. M 0637. Two boxes. Collection guide online. This collection consists of correspondence, publications, genealogical information, programs, awards and certificates, newspaper clippings and photographs relating to the life and activities of Julia Strain Fangmeier, an educator, minister and political activist.

FEATHERSTONE, RAY. Collection, 1930-n.d. M 0737. Two boxes. Collection guide online. The collection includes a scrapbook created by Joann Buskirk, a student at Shortridge High School during the early 1930s. The scrapbook contains clippings from sporting events, programs from theatrical events and school activities and personal letters. Photographs in the scrapbook include snapshots from vacations and images of Shortridge High School teachers and students.

FEIL, CATHERINE SCHULTE. Papers, 1861-1893. SC 2227. One folder. No collection guide available. Feil was an immigrant who worked in an Indianapolis bakery. The collection contains letters from Feil to her family in Germany describing everyday experiences and family matters.

FLANNER, HILDEGARDE. Letters, 1920-1977. M 0107. One box. Collection guide in library. Described in Pumroy and Brockman, Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library, A-110. Flanner grew up in Indianapolis, attended the University of California at Berkeley (ca. 1920-1923), married Frederick Monhoff (1926), and wrote a number of poetry books and plays. The collection includes letters written by Flanner in Berkeley and New York (1920-1923) and Altadena, Calif. (1927, 1942), to Martha Hawkins, an Indianapolis friend; and letters written from California to Eleanor Goodall Vonnegut of Indianapolis (1961-1976). The letters concern school, California, her writings and her family, including her sister, writer Janet Flanner (1892-1979).

FLETCHER, EMILY BEELER. Papers, 1825-1918. M 0479, BV 2181-2203, BV 2330-2236, F 0182-0184. One box, 30 volumes, three microfilm reels. Collection guide in library. Emily Beeler Fletcher (1828-1910) was the wife of Indianapolis farmer and businessman Calvin Fletcher Jr. During the Civil War, she worked as a nurse in hospitals in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tenn. She was one of the founders of the Home for Aged Women in Indianapolis (now the Indianapolis Retirement Home). The collection contains Fletcher’s diaries (1863-1901) and the diaries of her daughters Sarah Hill Fletcher Wagner (1863-1889) and Emily Fletcher (1866-1888). Also included are travel diaries, poetry notebooks and correspondence.

FORD, LEE (LEOLA) ELLEN. Papers, 1929-1985. M 0469. Eighty-nine boxes. Collection guide online. (Leola) Lee Ellen Ford (1917-1997) was a scientist, attorney, educator and writer who taught at Anderson College, Pacific Lutheran University, Carson College and Mississippi State College for Women, among others, primarily in the areas of biology and cytology (1950-1970). She was sponsor and principal mover for the Companion Collie Program for the Junior Blind (1955-1965). In 1969, she was director of the Institute for Basic Research in Mental Retardation, New York, and was executive assistant to Indiana Gov. Otis Bowen from 1973 to 1975. The collection contains materials relating to personal, professional and governmental aspects of Ford’s life. It includes correspondence, diaries, biographical information, financial records, legal cases and law school materials, state government reports and memos, professional and literary publications, and photographs.

FORSYTH, WILLIAM. Papers, 1863-1985. M 0691, OMB 0066. Thirty-eight boxes, one oversize box and 29 boxes of visual materials. Collection guide online. William Forsyth (1854-1935) was an Indianapolis artist, teacher and member of the Hoosier Group. The collection contains correspondence; personal papers; etchings, paintings and sketches of William Forsyth; and correspondence and papers relating to Forsyth’s family, including his wife, Alice A. Forsyth, and daughters Constance and Dorothy Forsyth.

FOSTER, FANNIE. Papers, 1933. SC 2713. One folder. Collection guide online. Fannie Foster was born in Indianapolis on Feb. 26, 1844. In 1867, she married David Foster. The Fosters made their home in Greenwood as farmers. From 1912 to 1937, John E. Boos of Albany, N.Y., collected documents and letters relating to personal experiences with Abraham Lincoln. Foster’s papers include one letter and an additional document from 1933. In the letter dated 18 January 1933, Foster writes to John Boos about her encounters with Abraham Lincoln. She writes that she saw Lincoln in 1861 when he passed through Indianapolis on his way to Washington, D.C., for his inauguration. Foster also says that she heard Lincoln speak at the Old Bates Hotel, now the Capital Hotel. Foster continues saying that she saw Lincoln again in 1865 when he laid in state in Indianapolis. An undated document with a printed illustration of Lincoln chopping wood accompanies the letter.

FOX, O. JAMES. Collection, 1945-2002. P 0266. Five boxes, three folders, color slides, negatives. Collection guide online. O. James Fox was born Oct. 2,1914 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He arrived in Indianapolis in 1945 as a volunteer with the American Friends Service Committee. Fox was assigned to photo-document the slum area on the near west side of the city and became a familiar figure in this community. The images in the collection include portraits of African-American women and children in formal social situations and in the urban environment.

FRANKLIN, JOSIE E. RECORD BOOK, 1874-1896. SC 2372. One folder. Collection guide online. Josie E. Franklin (b.1856), a daughter of a minister, resided in Henry County. The collection consists of a notebook (1874-1896), with entries concerning a music course, a partial diary and expenses (1895-1896).

FRENCH, ALICE MOORE. Collection, 1892-1941. M 0458. One box. Collection guide online. Alice Moore French (1863-1934) was born in Johnson County. She attended Franklin College and the Boston School of Art and Design. In 1887, she married Eli M. French. She founded both the local (1917) and national (1918) divisions of the American War Mothers. Moore also organized an International War Mothers. The collection includes personal and organizational correspondence, genealogical information and history of the War Mothers.

FRIBLEY, JANE S. Papers, 1975-1987. M 0546. Two boxes. Collection guide online. Jane Fribley, a 1938 graduate of Indiana University, has been active in many organizations, especially in church and the women’s movement. She has served as the National Secretary and as State Legislative Citizen Action Chair for Church Women United, as President of the Indiana Council of Churches, as State Coordinator of the Religious Committee for the Equal Rights Amendment, and on the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. This collection includes correspondence and other papers relating to Fribley’s involvement with the Equal Rights Amendment and other women’s issues.

FRIEDLEY, JAMES F. Diary, 1865-1893. BV 0573, F 0637. One volume, one microfilm reel. No collection guide available. The diary in this collection was originally kept (1865) by James F. Friedley, a teacher and clerk in a general store. Friedley’s niece, Frankie Cooperider, later recorded her experiences (1890-1893) at Moores Hill College in the same diary.